Davis Cup Betting Preview

Published July 6, 2009 by OCR Editor

Davis Cup Betting Preview

Spain still Cup favorites despite going into quarterfinal against Germany without Rafael Nadal.

With Wimbledon finished for another year, the tennis betting world's attention now turns to the quarter-finals of the 2009 Davis Cup, which begin Friday.

Just eight countries remain in the race to win the honor of being named champions in the famous competition's 110th year.

The pick of the quarterfinals sees Croatia host the United States on clay in the coastal town of Porec. Although Croatia has won both previous encounters between the two nations, the Americans (4.50 equal-second favorite at online bookmaker Bet365 to win the Davis Cup) are favored to defeat Croatia, 11.00 to win the tournament. The hot form of Andy Roddick, Wimbledon runner-up, will certainly help the US as it aims to win the cup for a record 33rd time.

Tournament favorites Spain - 11/10 favorites at William Hill Sports - will have to take on Germany, 33/1, without the injured Rafael Nadal. But despite missing the presence of their top player, who lost his world number one ranking this week after missing out on Wimbledon, Spain's top 20 singles players Fernando Verdasco and Tommy Robredo will prove tough to beat on clay and at home.

The Czech Republic, 12/1, is considered the underdog in its quarterfinal against Argentina, 11/2, despite it being played on an indoor hard court in the Czech city of Ostrava. Argentina beat the Czechs in a 5-0 whitewash the last time the two teams met in 2005, and is looking to go one better than at the 2006 and 2008 Davis Cups, when it lost the final.

The tournament's surprise team, Israel, 125.00, hosts Russia, 4.50, on an indoor hard court at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena. The match was moved to the arena to allow for more spectators, but robs Israel of the advantage of playing outdoors in the heat at its usual home court.

William Hill Sports is already eyeing the next ATP Grand Slam, the US Open. Atop the tennis betting odds there you will find who else but Roger Federer at 6/4. The Williams sisters Serena and Venus are 2/1 and 9/2 favorites, respectively.

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