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The robins have flown, which means it’s down the serious business of playing for the Davis Cup title. With the knockout stages in full flow, anything can happen as teams trade blows on the court. Heading into the quarterfinals, Spain look like the team to beat. A look at the latest betting odds have Rafa Nadal’s team are out in front, with Australia coming in at second following the demise of former favourites France.
For all the focus on Nadal and Spain, he may not be the player he once was, Andy Murray showed his mettle in a tough match against Tallon Griekspoor. Despite the gulf in class, Murray admitted he was underprepared for the match. That may hamper their chances in the Davis Cup. However, the Scot provide he can still dig deep when it matters. What’s more, the team dug deep to beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to win Group E and progress to the quarterfinals.
When the Going Gets Tough
Given the event’s gruelling schedule, mental and physical fortitude could prove pivotal in the latter stages. Indeed, the US pairing of Sam Querrey and Jack Socks battled against Italy until 4.04am and still crashed out before the quarterfinals. That match has raised questions over the scheduling of the 2019 Davis Cup and could turn the next round of action into a war of attrition.
Of course, if we ignore that, the odds suggest Spain will triumph when all is said and done. With prices hovering around the 7/2, Nadal’s team will be one of the favourites heading into the quarterfinals. With comfortable victories over Croatia following an impressive comeback against Russia, the sensible money is on the home nation at this point.
Oz On Form but Spain Have Homecourt Advantage
In fact, Australia may have the easiest route to the semis as they’ll face Canada. Captain Leyton Hewitt opted to retire John Peers and Jordan Thompson from their doubles match after the team had already qualified. Although Canada used a similar strategy earlier in the Davis Cup, Australia will have the fresher legs and form on their side.
With Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur winning in straight sets in their matches against Belgium, the Aussies look a tough outfit to beat. What’s more, with Spain set to face one of the two best runners-up from the knockout stages, anything could happen at this point. Then, you can’t discount Serbia. Winners in 2010 and featuring world #2 Novak Djokovic, the Serbs are always a threat. That fact became even more apparent after comfortable wins over Japan (3-0) and pre-tournament favourites France (2-0).