The Davis Cup is regarded as the tennis tournament that resembles the World Cup in football, as it involves national teams going up against each other. The Davis Cup 2017 has entered into the semi-final stages. Teams will be more focused, as the possibility of winning the tournament becomes real. All four teams will be considered as equal favourites for the title, according to the latest tennis betting odds. Here are the two semi-final matchups:
Belgium were up against Italy in the quarter-finals and they had to hold on for the victory, as the Italians put up a good fight. David Goffin managed to put the team into the Davis Cup semi final after a three set win over Paolo Lorenzi. Belgium are looking to win the title after coming close in 2015 when they reached the final only to be beaten by Great Britain. This time around, their impressive win over Italy in the Davis Cup quarter final gives them a lot of confidence going into the final rounds. The team are up against Australia in the semifinals, which will be played from September 15-17.
Australia have had a fine run in the competition after managing to beat the Czech Republic and the United States. The win over the latter is especially impressive considering that the United States are one of the most successful teams in the Davis Cup. Australia managed a close fought 3-2 win, as Nick Kyrgios required a tiebreaker even in the first set in order to beat Sam Querrey. Nick Kyrgios led Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals with a stunning 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sam Querrey on Sunday.
The World No. 16 managed 21 aces to secure a staggering 3-1 for Lleyton Hewitt's side in Brisbane.
France will be on a high after having beaten Great Britain quite comprehensively in the quarter-finals. The 4-1 win over Great Britain, who were obviously missing Andy Murray, will give the team a psychological boost. France have benefited from the presence of their top stars and it has not been the case with Great Britain. Even then, not many expected Davis Cup results to produce a one-sided affair between France and Great Britain in the quarter-finals.
Serbia, though, will be very lucky ahead of the semi-final since Novak Djokovic has just made a return to the national team squad. The world number two player has been hit by poor form and injuries since the last four Grand Slam wins. Yet, he is now determined to help Serbia win the title for the first time since 2010. Ironically, they managed to beat France in order to achieve a success. While Davis Cup odds will be favouring names like France for success, Serbia can be considered as a dark horse.
The Davis Cup is the most important international team event in men's tennis. Run by ITF (International Tennis Federation), it is contested annually between international teams in a format based on knock-out. The World Cup of Tennis was established in 1900 as a challenge between the United States and Great Britain. By 2016, 135 nations entered their teams into the tournament.
The US is the most successful team in the history of the competition (32 victories and 29 runners-up), and they are followed by Australia (28 victories). The present winner is Argentina who defeated Croatia to grab their first title in 2016.