Davis Cup Preview History
2014 Davis Cup USA v Spain Preview:
The quarterfinals of the Davis Cup take place in April 2014, with the semifinals occurring in September and the finals being in late November. The United States fell in the opening round to Great Britain 3-1, and now GB will face Italy. The Czech Republic are the favorites to win the tournament, and they face Japan in the quarterfinals after being the Netherlands 3-2. In the 2013 Davis Cup, the Czech Republic defeated Serbia 3-2 in the final in Belgrade to win the title. They beat Switzerland, Kazakhstan and Argentina to reach the finals. Novak Djokovic won his two finals matches for both of Serbia’s points, but Tomas Berdych and the Czechs were able to take all three of the other matchups.
2011 Davis Cup USA v Spain (Austin, Texas) Preview:
July is going to be unusually hotter in Austin this year. That’s because some of the world’s best tennis players, will descend upon the Texas capitol for exciting Davis Cup action pitting the United States against Spain. This matchup will be a “tie,” meaning that the loser is eliminated from further Davis Cup action for the season—which brings the excitement to another level!
The Americans will be well represented and led by first year coach Jim Courier, but for Andy Roddick it will be a homecoming. After helping oust the Chileans in Santiago during the first round of Davis Cup play, Roddick comes back to Austin, where he resides. He also has a 23-2 mark on US soil, which coupled with the US Team’s 4-0 record in Texas, makes it a formidable tandem of streaks. The Americans also have a winning mark against the Spaniards at 5-4, and will probably need all the mojo it musters against a Spanish squad that is a murder’s row of talent.
David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco all rank in the top-nine of singles players in the world, which makes Spain the top team in Davis Cup play. Over the past eleven years, they have won four Davis Cup titles (2000, 2004, 2008, 2009), came in second in 2003, and again are the odds-on favorite to win the title again in 2011. For Roddick, Couier and other team members like James Blake and John Isner, it will be a test to beat the best. Luckily it will be played somewhere easily accessible for stateside fans to cheer their team on July 8-10, 2011.