Djokovic, Kyrgios Headline Davis Cup QF This Weekend; Previews

by Jeremy Davis | April 6th, 2017, 2:46 am

Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin and Jack Sock are the headliners this weekend for their respective countries for the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals, held in Australia, Belgium, France and Serbia.
Here is a look at the four quarterfinal meetings and who is favored to move into the semis:

Spiroudome de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
Surface: hard indoor

This tie will be all about No. 2 — who will step up as the second singles player for their respective countries, Steve Darcis for Belgium, or Paolo Lorenzi or Andreas Seppi for Italy? Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini has had a hot hand of late, and his match against Belgium No. 1 David Goffin could be the difference-maker. The doubles will also be a toss up between Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans-Joris de Loore and Italian Simone Bolelli and possibly Fognini.
Outlook: Italy invades and conquers

Steve Darcis v Paolo Lorenzi
David Goffin v Andreas Seppi
Ruben Bemelmans & Joris De Loore v Simone Bolellli & Alessandro Giannessi
David Goffin v Paolo Lorenzi
Steve Darcis v Andreas Seppi

Aleksandar Nikolic Arena, Belgrade, Serbia
Surface: hard indoor

Serbia hosts Spain for the first time ever, and this one should be a rout for the home team. Think about some of the great Spanish players — Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco, etc. Now look at this team: Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Marcel Granollers, Marc Lopez. This should be fresh meat for Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, along with Dusan Lajovic and playing captain Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles. Spain should instead send over their Junior Davis Cup team, the result would probably be the same.
Outlook: Serbia into the semis

Novak Djokovic v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Viktor Troicki v Pablo Carreno-Busta
Viktor Troicki & Nenad Zimonjic v Marc Lopez & Jaume Munar
Novak Djokovic v Pablo Carreno-Busta
Viktor Troicki v Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Kindarena, Rouen, France
Surface: clay indoor

No Andy Murray (bad elbow) means no luck for the Brits on red clay in France. Gilles Simon and Lucas Pouille should be enough to ground down Brits Daniel Evans and Kyle Edmund.
Outlook: The Kindarena will be kind to the French

Lucas Pouille v Kyle Edmund
Jeremy Chardy v Dan Evans
Julien Benneteau & Nicolas Mahut v Dom Inglot & Jamie Murray
Lucas Pouille v Dan Evans
Jeremy Chardy v Kyle Edmund

Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia
Surface: hard outdoor

Didn’t this happen just a year ago? But Nick Kyrgios is a different player since then. Jack Sock and John Isner will take the singles duties for the U.S. Kyrgios will be joined in singles by Challenger-level player Jordan Thompson. Kyrgios would have to one-man-band Australia over the finish line for this one, including a win by Aussies Sam Groth and John Peers.
Outlook: The U.S. in five, with Isner beating Thompson in the decider

Jordan Thompson v Jack Sock
Nick Kyrgios v John Isner
Sam Groth & John Peers v Steve Johnson & Sam Querrey
Nick Kyrgios v Jack Sock
Jordan Thompson v John Isner

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9 Comments for Djokovic, Kyrgios Headline Davis Cup QF This Weekend; Previews

Zachary Grace Says:

Spain could easily take the 3 points not involving Djokovic.

Aced out Says:

Is Novak’s elbow all okay?

Tennis Racquet Center Says:

I wish Djokovic is alllright with his elbow. God bless him for the next tournaments.

RZ Says:

I feel like any of these ties could go either way. France probably has the best shot at winning.

RZ Says:

After Australia’s performance on day 1, it’s an uphill battle for the U.S. I’m guessing the trip to Australia took it’s toll on Sock.
The doubles should be good. John Peers is clearly the best doubles player in the tie, though the US could put Jack Sock in doubles.

Daniel Says:

See that Djoko won his match easy straights. Good sign.

Hope he will ready for MC and clay.

Antone knows if he will play second singles Sunday, or only if needed?

RZ Says:

Hi Margot – despite GB going 0-2 today, I hope you had fun watching!

J-Kath Says:

Watching UK vs France – I was so busy trying to decide which glamorous lady was Margot (who I believe was there) that I was distracted!!!

Disappointed in both Evans and Edmond – they looked very challenged! Couldn’t believe Chardy!! Wow!

Hoping Jamie Murray and partner can survive tomorrow’s doubles match.

chrisford Says:

Serbia – France for the semis. Djoker looked good by the media accounts and his serve is back after his elbow recuperation. And Serb media says he has decided to add meat to his diet, maybe the best good news of all…
USA and Italy are still alive, but I think Beligum and Australia make the semis.
Janko Tipsarevic may be healthy for the semis. But talent-rich France has many marquee players not at the QFs that could show up in the semis.

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