Davis Cup 2015 SFs Preview and Analysis

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 Andy Murray

Following the US Open will be the Davis Cup World Group semi finals with the Great Britain team, led by Andy Murray, the favourites to win the competition for the first time since 1936.

The Brits take on an Australian team in disarray with Bernard Tomic questionable to compete after being dropped due to his feud with Tennis Australia while Nick Kyrgios has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently but also upset many with his questionable effort in the win over Kazakhstan. Sam Groth and Lleyton Hewitt look likely to complete the squad as the likely doubles team but also provide solid backup alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

There is no doubt that the hopes of the British team rest solely on Andy Murray’s shoulders as they remain 3/2 tournament favourites. He is 5-0 in total this year, winning 4 singles rubbers in addition to the vital doubles rubber against France with his brother Jamie. A similar performance will be needed when they meet on the indoor hard courts of Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.

Murray has handled Kyrgios easily in their three meetings, winning all eight sets played while Tomic has won just nine games in his two losses to the new World No.2. Looking to pull off a shock win to lighten the load for Andy Murray will be James Ward, whose victory over John Isner in San Jose earlier in the year was the key to winning their first round clash.

The other semi final has taken a bit of a backseat with many feeling the winner of the previously mentioned GB-Australia final are heavily favoured to win the whole competition. Belgium will fancy their chances of making the final, especially given their choice of service (indoor hard) which hinders the multiple clay courters that populate the Argentina team.

Belgium were fortunate to play Switzerland without Federer and Wawrinka as well as Canada without Raonic and Pospisil but there is no doubt David Goffin remains a solid No.1 player. Rubens Bemelmans has often played well indoors on the Challenger Tour but struggles when it comes to the main tour. Steve Darcis and Kimmer Coppejans will likely complete the team.

Carlos BerlocqLeonardo MayerFederico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman made up the Argentina team in their quarter final win over Serbia and there is not much to shout about when it comes to playing on faster hard courts for this quartet. Mayer is only months off a career high ranking of 21, made after a third round appearance at Wimbledon. He appears to be the only hope of this bunch who would fancy their chances of winning a match against Goffin, something that is vital if the South Americans were to win.

 

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