Russia and Serbia Set their Sights on December 5 Davis Cup FinalPublished December 3, 2021 by Florin P
Russia and Serbia start with the first chance to win the Davis Cup semifinals, after hard-fought matches in the group stage and the quarterfinals.
The Davis Cup quarterfinals have ended and the semifinals are just around the corner. Russia will face Germany after defeating Sweden in the quarterfinals, while Serbia meets archrivals Croatia. The two teams are favorites to advance to the grand final, scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Madrid.
Germany Pins its Hopes on Struff against Russia Juggernaut
Germany exceeded expectations during the group stage after finishing first, ahead of Serbia. They were unable to defeat Djokovic, but the double’s team made a difference and secured top place. In the quarterfinals, they had to fight hard against Great Britain, and once again, the doubles match made the difference. In the game against Russia, they will place their hopes on Struff to win one of the singles.
Russia has the strongest team at the Davis Cup, with Medvedev and Rublev playing the singles matches. The latter struggled in these games but was solid in the doubles game, which is likely to be very important against Germany. In the quarterfinals against Sweden, bet365 Sports gave them odds of 1/50, while the Scandinavians were priced at 10/1. The Russians should easily book a place in the finals.
Serbia and Croatia Bring Timeless Rivalry to the Davis Cup
Italy and Kazakhstan gave Croatia and Serbia a run for their money in the quarterfinals. The latter barely qualified to the second to last stage of the Davis Cup and will lock horns on Friday. Serbia has an ace up its sleeves, as Novak Djokovic is undefeated in this tournament and he’s expected to carry the team. He will team up with Lajovic, who won a three-set match against Melzer while Krajinovic missed his chance.
Croatia will surely start Cilic, but the second option is not yet known. Serdarusic and Gojo have equal chances after failing to impress in the previous round of the competition. Cilic himself was far from solid, winning just one of the two games played so far. The doubles team is good but not exceptional, so the odds of 2/1 on Croatia and 7/20 on Serbia, offered by 1xBet are fully justified.
Russia Expected to Win Davis Cup Final against Serbia in Madrid
Russia should cruise through the semifinals and secure a win in both singles matches. Serbia is also likely to advance to the Davis Cup final, but the doubles match could be decisive. In the final act of the event, Russia’s superior team should deliver the trophy at the end of a highly contested series. Djokovic will start as a favorite regardless of his opponents and will likely win the match. However, Russia is the better team and the efforts of one exceptional player will not be enough.
The odds mentioned here were accurate at the featured bookmakers at the hour the article was written, respectively on Thursday, December 2 at 9 A.M. UK time.