Davis Cup Group D: Australia, Belgium, Colombia

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4. Group D – Preview and Predictions

   • Australia, Belgium, Colombia

   • The Key Clashes

   • The Other Groups

Group D: Preview and Predictions

Australia

Best Davis Cup performance: Winner, 2003 (28th time)

How they got here: Beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 in qualifying

Potential players: Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Jordan Thompson

Kyrgios’ availability is unclear, but Australia have enough options to handle his absence. De Minaur is the new great Australian hope, a level-headed competitor on the cusp of the world’s top 20. Millman is another Australian renowned for his impressive mentality, while Thompson reached the final in all three of his indoor Challengers in 2018. With or without Kyrgios, Australia will expect to progress from the group stage.

Belgium

Best Davis Cup performance: Runner-up, 2017 (3rd time)

How they got here: Beat Brazil 3-1 in qualifying

Potential players: David Goffin, Kimmer Coppejans, Ruben Bemelmans, Steve Darcis

Goffin is comfortably the best male player produced by Belgium, the only one to reach the top 10 in ATP singles. He boasts a 114/65 record in indoor tournaments, and a 23/6 record in Davis Cup matches. Darcis is on the verge of retirement, but the Davis Cup could be the perfect swansong. Coppejans will arrive in Spain with confidence, having been the key man in Belgium’s win over Brazil in qualifying.

Colombia

Best Davis Cup performance: Qualifying for World Group, 2019

How they got here: Beat Sweden 4-0 in qualifying

Potential players: Juan Sebastian Cabal, Robert Farah, Santiago Giraldo, Daniel Elahi Galan

Colombia are in uncharted territory, having never qualified for the World Group in the old format of the Davis Cup. Their best hope of points will be in the doubles, as the world’s finest duo of Cabal and Farah will be favourites in every match. That’s useful given that Giraldo and Elahi Galan are both outside the top 200 in singles, although Giraldo has been as high as 28.

The Key Clashes

Colombia’s lack of a standout player in singles looks problematic, but Farah and Cabal should get the nation on the scoresheet in both ties. Giraldo will fancy his chances of upsetting Belgium’s second-best player, so Colombia could yet sneak into second. Australia have a well-rounded pool of players that should top the group, although a first career meeting between de Minaur and Goffin would be an intriguing battle.

1. Group A – Preview and Predictions

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   • The Key Clashes

2. Group B – Preview and Predictions

   • Croatia, Russia, Spain

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3. Group C – Preview and Predictions

   • Argentina, Chile, Germany

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5. Group E – Preview and Predictions

   • Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Netherlands

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6. Group F – Preview and Predictions

   • Canada, Italy, United States

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