Davis Cup Semi-finals Preview: Upping the Ante- View: 1571 by Ronnie Rear
The Davis Cup weekend this week features two blockbuster semi-finals – Great Britain take on Australia in Glasgow, while Belgium play hosts to four-time former finalists Argentina in the national capital Brussels.
Here’s a detailed look as to how the semi-finalists stack up against each other: Great Britain v/s Australia Head-to-head: Australia leads Great Britain 8-4 This tie truly the clash of the titans, with both teams boasting the advantage of their best players available for the tie.
Though Australia does lead their previous meetings, there’s a catch nonetheless that the momentum seems to be going the British way. World no. 3 Andy Murray has been keen to put his US Open defeat behind him and rally towards helping Britain reach the final.
Murray’s presence alongside sibling Jamie Murray, who reached the final of the men’s doubles at Flushing Meadows, Dominic Inglot and Kyle Edmund, thus enables the hosts to have the slightest of edge over their rivals.
On the other hand, Australia won’t give up without offering a stiff resistance and Lleyton Hewitt – the most experienced Davis Cupper in the squad – is the proof for this adage. Playing in his last Davis Cup tournament, the 34-year old is determined to push Australia to yet another final.
Supporting Hewitt’s quest are his teammates Bernard Tomic, who was recalled to the squad over Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Sam Groth.
Belgium v/s Argentina Head-to-head: Belgium leads 1-0 Argentina has somewhat of a dubious Davis Cup history attached to its name.
Four times it’s made it to the final, only to lose. This will then be Argentina’s attempt to reach its fifth Davis Cup final and possibly try to change the dubiety tagging along its history. The Argentine team features Carlos Berlocq, Leonardo Mayer, Federico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman against the Belgian squad of David Goffin, the highest ranked singles player between both teams, Steve Darcis, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans.
If Belgium does reach the final, it will be their first Davis Cup final since 1904.
Coincidentally, back then the Belgian team had lost the final to British Isles by a comprehensive margin of 0-5. Also Read Leon Smith's Admissions before the Davis Cup Semi-final