The Davis Cup World Group is scheduled to start on the 18th of November in Madrid. The new format will present us with six groups with three teams in each one of them, as opposed to the immediate knockout stage we’ve seen in earlier years.
In group A, we will see France, Japan, and Serbia. It is still too early to tell which players will take part in the competition, but Djoković announced that he would, in fact, play for his national team in November.
France is the group’s favourite. They have plenty of options when it comes to singles players (Monfils, Paire, Pouille, Tsonga, etc.), but also have two high-ranked doubles players in Mahut and Herbert.
Group B seems rather interesting, as it will feature the title defenders Croatia and the home favourite Spain. Croatia has three top-20 doubles players and a fairly strong singles duo in Ćorić and Čilić. Nevertheless, Spain is considered the best team in this group, as Rafa Nadal announced that he would play the Davis Cup finals and Bautista-Agut is also expected to show up.
Russia with Kachanov and US Open finalist Danil Medvedev also has something to say, but their lack of solid doubles players could cost them.
Germany is the favourite of Group C and will play against Argentina and Chile. Sasha Zverev is the only top 10 player out of all nations in the group, but Germany also has a solid doubles combination with Krawietz and Mies.
Australia is expected to be at the top of Group D, as they possess a lot of talent in both singles and doubles categories. Nick Kyrgios and Alex De Minaur shouldn’t have too many issues against Belgium who can only rely on David Goffin. Meanwhile, Columbia has the World no. 1 doubles duo in Cabal and Farah, but no singles players inside the top 200.
Great Britain, Kazakhstan, and the Netherlands are in group E. While one or potentially two of the teams from this group can find themselves in the quarterfinals, many feel that this will be as far as they go.
Last year’s finalists, the United States, play against Italy and Canada in Group F. Jack Sock and Mike Bryan proved to be a great doubles team in the previous years, while the three best singles players are represented by a veteran John Isner, and two young talents Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe.
Fognini and Beretini from Italy have both had great seasons, so they can potentially make a solid team as well.
Group winners and the best two second-placed teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.