Davis Cup Group F: Canada, Italy, United States

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6. Group F – Preview and Predictions

   • Canada, Italy, United States

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Group F: Preview and Predictions

Canada

Best Davis Cup performance: Semi-finals, 2013 (2nd time)

How they got here: Beat Slovakia 3-2 in qualifying

Potential players: Milos Raonic, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil

This year’s Davis Cup may come too soon for Canada to win their first title, but the future looks bright. 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime and 20-year-old Shapovalov are expected to achieve big things in their careers, with the former in particular touted as a future Slam winner. Canada only used those two in their 3-2 win over Slovakia in qualifying, and a fit Raonic would be a huge asset to throw into the mix on indoor hard.

Italy

Best Davis Cup performance: Winner, 1976

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

Potential players: Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Simone Bolelli

Berrettini has stormed to the verge of the top 10 in the ATP rankings after his run to the US Open semi-final, while the maverick Fognini has found new levels of consistency in his game this year. Fognini doesn’t have the best record indoors (36/46), but his compatriot Seppi has good pedigree on this surface with a 164/116 career history.

United States

Best Davis Cup performance: Winner, 2007 (32nd time)

How they got here: 2018 semi-finalist

Potential players: John Isner, Reilly Opelka, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe

The US have a huge number of options for the Davis Cup, with 8 players ranked in the top 100 for singles. That includes the prodigious serving abilities of Isner and Opelka, who should benefit from the indoor courts. With 21-year-olds Fritz and Tiafoe potentially lining up alongside 22-year-old Opelka, the US could bring lots of youthful energy to Caja Mágica, something that they’ve lacked in recent Davis Cups.

This group brings together many of the players high up the ATP leaderboard for serving performance: Isner 1st, Raonic 2nd, Opelka 3rd, Berrettini 11th, Fritz 23rd, Auger-Aliassime 28th, Shapovalov 29th. This will produce serve-oriented matches with plenty of tiebreaks. Raonic is the all-time 7th best player of tiebreaks, although lacking in form and fitness. Berrettini lacks neither, and he could be decisive in taking Italy through to the quarter-finals.

1. Group A – Preview and Predictions

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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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4. Group D – Preview and Predictions

   • Australia, Belgium, Colombia

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5. Group E – Preview and Predictions

   • Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Netherlands