Zverev, Kyrgios Set To Meet In Davis Cup; Pouille-Led France Begins Title Defence At Home
AUSTRALIA vs. GERMANY
Brisbane, Australia (Outdoor Hard)
Australia and Germany meet in a repeat of the 1993 Davis Cup final (Germany d. Australia) in Brisbane this weekend. World No. 5 Alexander Zverev leads a German team looking to win just its second World Group opener since 2011 and will be joined by Jan-Lennard Struff, Peter Gojowczyk and Tim Puetz.
The home side, which has reached the World Group semi-finals twice in the past three years, is spearheaded by Nick Kyrgios with Matthew Ebden, John Millman, breakout star Alex de Minaur and John Peers completing the team.
FRANCE vs. NETHERLANDS
Albertville, France (Indoor Hard)
Defending champion France will look to win their 11th tie in 11 meetings against the Netherlands this weekend in Albertville. France, which ended its 16-year wait for a 10th Davis Cup title in Lille last November, is led by World No. 17 Lucas Pouille and World No. 33 Richard Gasquet, with two-time Grand Slam winning doubles duo Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut completing the line-up.
BELGIUM vs HUNGARY
Liege, Belgium (Indoor Hard)
Belgium starts its campaign for a first Davis Cup title, after two runner-up finishes in three years, against Hungary in Liege. Led by Nitto ATP Finals finalist David Goffin, Belgium will search for an eighth win in the 13th meeting of the two European nations. World No. 7 Goffin will be joined by Ruben Bemelmans, Julien Cagnina and Joris De Loore.
At No. 18, Hungary is the lowest ranked nation in the 2018 World Group and will be represented by an in-form Marton Fucsovics, who reached the Australian Open fourth round (l. Federer). Attila Balazs, Zsombor Piros, Mate Valkusz and Gabor Borsos complete the team.
SPAIN vs. GREAT BRITAIN
Marbella, Spain (Outdoor Clay)
Third seed Great Britain travel to Marbella to meet Spain in the 14th meeting between the two nations (Great Britain leads 8-5). Great Britain is led by No. 114 Cameron Norrie and No. 165 Liam Broady with Kyle Edmund on the sidelines ready to step in if he recovers from a hip injury in time. The squad is completed by doubles duo Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot.
The 2015 champion will meet a Spanish team represented by five Top 40 players as Pablo Carreno Busta, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer compete in the first tie on Spanish soil in five years.
CROATIA vs. CANADA
Osijek, Croatia (Indoor Clay)
No. 4 seed Croatia will start its 2018 Davis Cup World Group campaign against Canada at home in the eastern city of Osijek. Croatia, like Great Britain, has its No. 1 available player, Marin Cilic, on standby for the tie with No. 47 Borna Coric taking the lead role. Viktor Galovic, Franko Skugor and Ivan Dodig complete the team.
KAZAKHSTAN vs. SWITZERLAND
Astana, Kazakhstan (Indoor Hard)
Former champion Switzerland faces Kazakhstan in Astana for a place in the World Group quarter-finals. The two nations meet for the third time after splitting the previous two meetings, including a 5-0 win in Astana for Kakakhstan. Switzerland will call on Henri Laaksonen, Adrian Bodmer, Marc-Andrea Huesler, Antoine Bellier and Luca Margaroli as it looks to avoid a fourth consecutive first-round defeat.
With nine wins out of 10 at home since 2008, Kazakhstan will be tough to beat with Mikhail Kukushkin, Dmitry Popko, Aleksandr Nedovyesov, Roman Khassanov and Timur Khabibulin keen to reach the World Group quarter-finals for a fifth time.
SERBIA vs. USA
Nis, Serbia (Indoor Clay)
In the third chapter of their Davis Cup history, Serbia hosts the United States of America in Nis. Serbia won both previous meetings with decisive fourth-rubber wins from Novak Djokovic, but will be without its star man this weekend. Leading the line-up is No. 84 Dusan Lajovic, who is joined by Laslo Djere, Nikola Milojevic, Pedja Krstin and Miljan Zekic.
Jim Courier’s men will fancy their chances of a first win over Serbia with a strong team making the trip as Sam Querrey, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson look to reach the quarter-finals for the third year in a row.
JAPAN vs. ITALY
Morioka, Japan (Indoor Hard)
In their first meeting in 86 years, Italy travels to Japan for the first time in Davis Cup history. Eighth seed Italy looks to seal its spot in the last eight for the fifth time in six years this weekend and will lay its hopes on No. 22 Fabio Fognini, Paolo Lorenzi, Andreas Seppi, Thomas Fabbiano and Simone Bolelli.