Davis Cup: Who could the Brits face in the 2020 finals?

09/03/2020

| Davis Cup

Over the weekend, 24 teams from across the world competed for the chance to join Great Britain in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals, in Madrid from 23-29 November. After a fantastic run in 2019, which saw them reach the semi-finals before eventually falling to hosts and eventual champions Spain, the Brits were one of six teams to receive an automatic spot for the season-ending event in 2020.

On Thursday 12 March, Captain Leon Smith and the rest of the British team will find out who their opponents will be for the group-stages of November’s finals. The draw will take place at 16:00 (GMT).

With all the qualifiers now completed, here's a look at who the Brits might face in finals, 5 years on from of their historic win in 2015.

 

Ones to watch…

2018 champions Croatia kick-started the weekend with a comfortable 3-1 win against India. On the same week that he confirmed that he will return to the Fever-Tree Championships again this summer, Marin Cilic won both his rubbers without losing a set, to secure the victory for his home nation.

However, 2016 winners, Argentina, were subject to a 3-1 upset from South American rivals Colombia. World number 148 Daniel Elahi Galan was in brilliant form as he beat Juan Ignacio Londero and Leonardo Mayer, both ranked inside the top 120.

 Colombia beat Argentina in Davis Cup qualifiers

Two other teams who many will see as serious contenders for 2020, Australia and Italy, sailed through to the finals, beating Brazil and Korea Republic 3-1 and 4-0 respectively.

It was emotional day for the United States team, with the Bryan brothers playing together in the Davis Cup for the last time. However, the team handled the pressure brilliantly winning eight consecutive sets to beat Uzbekistan 4-0. The legendary Bryan’s beat Sanjar Fayziev and Denis Istomin 6-3 6-4 to win their final match for the U.S.

Five debutants for 2020 

For 2020, five nations will be making their first appearance in the Davis Cup Finals. Austria, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary and Sweden all recorded big wins this weekend. Ecuador pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the round, beating Japan away, without dropping a single rubber.

Ecuador celebrate upset win against Japan

Hungary also pulled off another shock result in beating former Davis Cup finalists Belgium, in the only match of the round to go down to the deciding match. A dominant showing from Attila Balazs and Marton Fucsovic in the singles, saw Hungary progress with a 3-2 victory over the Belgians.

Elsewhere, Czech Republic beat neighbouring Slovakia 3-1 at the AXA Arena NTC in Bratislava. Austria put in a strong performance without world number three Dominic Thiem as they beat Uruguay 3-1 and Sweden picked up a great 3-1 win at home against Chile.

Last year's opponents

The Brit’s group-stage opponents from 2019, Kazakhstan and Netherlands, met once again for a chance to reach this year’s finals and for the second time in four months, Kazakhstan came out on top with a 3-1 win. Alexander Bublik had a point to prove after losing his singles rubber to Robin Hasse when the two met in Madrid and he did just that, beating Hasse in straight sets after winning a tight match against Hasse's countryman, Tallon Griekspoor.

To complete the full list results from this weekend’s qualifying round, Germany won 4-1 at home to Belarus. 

Full list of finalists

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • USA

 

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