Davis Cup Qualifying: Zverev, Khachanov, Shapovalov In Action
by Staff | February 1st, 2019, 4:10 pm

Davis Cup qualifying debuts this weekend with its new look. Love it or hate it, it’s a big change. No more best-of-5, no more “rounds” per se. It’s one weekend of qualifying and then one more at the end of the year to determine the champion. And this weekend pits 12 ties with the winners moving on to the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain November 18-24.

Here’s what is going on:

The 24 teams in action this weekend are competing to secure a place at the 2019 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Madrid on 18-24 November.

The 12 winning nations this weekend will join 2018 champion Croatia, runner-up France, and semi-finalists Spain and USA in the Finals. Two nations, Great Britain and Argentina, have been awarded wild cards to the Finals and will also compete in Madrid, making up the field of 18 teams.

This weekend’s ties will be played over 5 rubbers, with each rubber being best-of-three tiebreak sets. On Friday, the home nation’s No. 1 player will play against the away nation’s No. 2 player and vice versa. On Saturday, there will be a doubles rubber followed by the reverse singles rubbers (ie No. 1 v No. 1 followed by No. 2 v No. 2).

At the Finals in November, the 18 nations will compete in six groups of three teams, with the six group winners and two best-performing group runners-up contesting quarter-finals, semi-finals and the Davis Cup Final on Sunday 24 November. Each tie at the Finals will be played in one day and consist of two singles rubbers (No. 1 v No. 1 followed by No. 2 v No. 2) followed by a doubles rubber.

The 12 losing nations this weekend will compete in Zone Group action later this year. The winners of Group I ties in September will progress to the Davis Cup Qualifiers in February 2020, where they will be joined by the teams that finish in 5th-16th positions in the 2019 Davis Cup Finals.

All matches are now best-of-3 tiebreak sets.

ALREADY QUALIFIED: Croatia, France, Spain, USA, Great Britain (WC), Argentina (WC)

Venue: Sabiazinho – Ginasio Presidente Tancredo Neves, Uberlândia, BRA (clay – indoor)
Thiago Monteiro (BRA) v Arthur De Greef (BEL)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)
Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) v Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen (BEL)
Thiago Monteiro (BRA) v Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)
Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) v Arthur De Greef (BEL)

Venue: Salzburg Arena/Messezentrum Salzburg, Salzburg, AUT (clay – indoor)
Jurij Rodionov (AUT) v Nicolas Jarry (CHI)
Dennis Novak (AUT) v Christian Garin (CHI)
Oliver Marach/Jurgen Melzer (AUT) v Julio Peralta/Hans Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)
Dennis Novak (AUT) v Nicolas Jarry (CHI)
Jurij Rodionov (AUT) v Christian Garin (CHI)

Venue: NTC Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)
Filip Horansky (SVK) v Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Martin Klizan (SVK) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
Filip Polasek/Igor Zelenay (SVK) v Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Martin Klizan (SVK) v Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Filip Horansky (SVK) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)

Venue: Guangdong Olympic Sports Center Tennis Center, Guangzhou, CHN (hard – outdoor)
Zhe Li (CHN) v Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Ze Zhang (CHN) v Taro Daniel (JPN)
Mao-Xin Gong/Ze Zhang (CHN) v Ben Mclachlan/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN)
Ze Zhang (CHN) v Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)
Zhe Li (CHN) v Taro Daniel (JPN)

Venue: Saxovat Sport Servis Sport Complex, Tashkent, UZB (hard – indoor)
Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Denis Istomin (UZB) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
Sanjar Fayziev/Denis Istomin (UZB) v Nikola Milojevic/Viktor Troicki (SRB)
Denis Istomin (UZB) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Sanjar Fayziev (UZB) v Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

Venue: Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, AUS (hard – outdoor)
John Millman (AUS) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Mirza Basic (BIH)
John Peers/Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH)
Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)
John Millman (AUS) v Mirza Basic (BIH)

Venue: Calcutta South Club, Kolkata, IND (grass – outdoor)
Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) v Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
Rohan Bopanna/Divij Sharan (IND) v Simone Bolelli/Marco Cecchinato (ITA)
Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) v Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Ramkumar Ramanathan (IND) v Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

Venue: Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, GER (hard – indoor)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Zsombor Piros (HUN)
Alexander Zverev (GER) v Peter Nagy (HUN)
Tim Puetz/Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) v Gabor Borsos/Peter Nagy (HUN)
Alexander Zverev (GER) v Zsombor Piros (HUN)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) v Peter Nagy (HUN)

Venue: Swiss Tennis Arena, Biel, SUI (hard – indoor)
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) v Karen Khachanov (RUS)
Marc-Andrea Huesler/Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Evgeny Donskoy/Andrey Rublev (RUS)
Henri Laaksonen (SUI) v Karen Khachanov (RUS)
Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) v Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

Venue: National Tennis Center, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Pedro Sousa (POR)
Timur Khabibulin/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) v Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (POR)
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) v Joao Sousa (POR)
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) v Pedro Sousa (POR)

Venue: Ostravar Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Tallon Griekspoor (NED)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED)
Adam Pavlasek/Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Matwe Middelkoop/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)
Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Tallon Griekspoor (NED)

Venue: Palacio de los Deportes, Bogotá, COL (clay – indoor)
Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Elias Ymer (SWE)
Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) v Mikael Ymer (SWE)
Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) v Markus Eriksson/Robert Lindstedt (SWE)
Daniel Elahi Galan (COL) v Elias Ymer (SWE)
Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Mikael Ymer (SWE)

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2 Comments for Davis Cup Qualifying: Zverev, Khachanov, Shapovalov In Action

Wog Boy Says:

The joke and Circus called Davis Cup and run by footballer Gerard Pique and his company “Cosmos”?

What’s next, Federer buying rights to organise UEFA Champions Leaguein for the next 25 years in the format he thinks it’s best (read most profitable for him) as Gerard Pique did after securing rights to run Davis Cup for the next 25 years?

Is ITF so desperate for money?

fan Says:

davis cup is hard to follow, maybe november or december should be the month to play all the davis cup games with male and female.

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