Spain Has Better Odds to Reach Davis Cup 2018 Finals
April 17, 2018
After three days of spectacular rubbers, Spain, France, Croatia, and USA advanced to the semi-finals of Davis Cup 2018 scheduled in September.
Even though the semis are five months away, online sportsbooks have already released their outright odds after playing close attention to the players’ performances. Bet365 gives Spain 2.37 odds, France with 3.25 odds, Croatia with 4.50 odds, and USA with 5.00 odds. Other sportsbooks have the similar odds for the four teams.
While Spain looks to be the clear favorite among bookmakers, the gap between the four teams is incredibly tight. Davis Cup 2018 might see Ferrer’s team taking home the cup or Team USA landing on the top spot of the premier men’s tennis international team event again since 2007.
Team Quarterfinal Performances to Help Bettors
The odds for the four teams are equally desirable because these are within the 2.00-to-6.00 range. It is a good idea to review the team’s performance by looking back at the quarterfinals. This can help punters to decide which teams to wager on for the semi-finals and finals of this year’s Davis Cup.
Spain vs. Germany
With a hometown venue, a clay court, and King of Clay Rafael Nadal on their side, Spain could have devastated Germany in the quarterfinals. Instead, the Germans forced the Spaniards into an incredibly close five rubber match full of drama.
Alexander Zverev from Germany proved to be a threat to Spain after beating David Ferrer on the first rubber,6-4, 6-2, 6-2. There was also Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff who were untouchable during the doubles third rubber,6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-5. Fortunately, Rafael Nadal brought the team back on their feet by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber and Zverev on the second and fourth rubbers, respectively.
Almost everyone’s heart was racing in the fifth rubber with Ferrer going toe-to-toe against Kohlschreiber. Their match lasted for nearly five hours across five sets. Both players’ performances were far from perfect, but Ferrer had the upper hand to beat Kohlschreiber, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.
France vs. Italy
Lucas Pouille helped France secure their place in the semi-finals starting off with a 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1 win against Andreas Seppi. He also made short work on Italy’s best player, Fabio Fognini, in the fourth rubber, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3. Fognini’s loss was unbearable during the fourth rubber that he broke his racket after throwing it twice.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut also helped France by winning the doubles third rubber. The French pair’s aggressive net play overwhelmed Italy’s Simone Bolelli and Fognini, which resulted in the former’s 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win.
Croatia vs. Kazakhstan
Marin Cilic, third-ranked men’s singles player in the world, was unstoppable in the first rubber against Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko. Cilic grabbed Croatia’s first point with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 match. He then secured the team’s entry into the semi-finals by winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 against Mikhail Kukushkin. The experience was likely hard for Kukushkin, who won the second rubber against Borna Coric.
The doubles third rubber could have been a win for Kazakhstan. Croatia’s pair was taken by surprise by Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov’s high-level serves during the first set. Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic upped their game in the following set of the rubber to secure another win for Croatia.
USA vs. Belgium
Team USA reached the Davis Cup semi-finals once again after six years. Belgium, on the other hand, did not win a single rubber this year throughout the quarterfinals against the American players.
Motivated by his win from Miami Open, John Isner took down Joris De Loore, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. This was followed by Sam Querrey’s straight set against Ruben Bemelmans in the second rubber with a 3-0 set advantage.
Ryan Harrison completed USA’s devastating victory by winning the doubles third rubber alongside Jack Sock against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen. USA’s pair secured a 5-7, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 win. Harrison continued to deliver stunning plays the next day against Bemelmans and emerged as the victor, 6-3, 6-4.
Given the four team’s performance, it will be a close game in the semi-finals. Only time will tell who will move on to the Finals of the Davis Cup.
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