The second edition of the Davis Cup Finals will take place in Madrid between November 23-29, gathering 18 countries in the battle for the trophy. Eight months before the start of the event at Caja Magica, the organizers are hoping for a clear situation with a coronavirus that has canceled all the action in March, April and May, preparing everything for another showdown between the leading tennis nations.
Last November, Spain defeated Canada in the final, lifting the trophy in front of the home fans and hoping for more of the same this year, leading group A together with Russia. The Davis Cup Finals tournament director Albert Costa believes they are among the favorites to go all the way, along with Canada, France, Australia, Italy and the USA.
Saving the best for last, Costa can't wait to see the action in Group F that brings together Germany, Austria and Serbia, with some thrilling encounters ready to rage on if Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev appear in Madrid at the end of the season.
"Spain faces Russia again; they are two of the greatest tennis nations with outstanding players. It will be challenging to reach the top there; Ecuador looks like an outsider but they will also try to make an impression, gaining massive boost after reaching the Finals.
For me, the last year's finalists Canada is the favorite in Group B, ahead of Sweden that has a very compact team as well. Group C is fascinating too. Both France and Great Britain have excellent teams. The Czech Republic is there to fight against them but I think France will finish as the group winner.
Australia is the favorite in Group D but we can't rule out Croatia, knowing their Davis Cup record and high-quality players. Italy and the USA should battle for the first place in Group E, with Colombia trying to stun them and continue the competition.
Group F is the hardest one if all countries bring their best players; it is hard to predict who will qualify from there. It is the most attractive group and we will see some spectacular matches with Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem if they all show up in Madrid."