The 2017 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals take place on 7-9 April, with Novak Djokovic leading Serbia against Spain and Australia - headlined by Nick Kyrgios - take on Jack Sock and John Isner's USA, plus Italy vs Belgium and Great Britain vs France.
Davis Cup 2017 quarterfinal ties
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas continues on 7-9 April as eight nations face off in the World Group quarterfinals, including 2010 champions Serbia led by Novak Djokovic taking on Spain and Lleyton Hewitt's Australia squad, led by Nick Kyrgios, taking on the USA team of Jack Sock and John Isner.
Belgium vs Italy
The 2015 runners-up Belgium have become used to punching above their weight in the Davis Cup in recent years, led by world no. 12 David Goffin, although Steve Darcis has proved an effective Davis Cup warrior and stand-in for Goffin at times - such as their stunning victory over Germany in the first round in 2017.
The Italian side is led by mercurial talent Fabio Fognini and veterans Andreas Seppi and Paolo Lorenzi - an unpredictable combination at the best of times.
Fognini, a recent semifinalist at the Miami Masters, starred during the first-round tie in which Italy stunned defending champions Argentina, coming back from two sets down on the final day - a match delayed to Monday due to rain - against Guido Pella.
The tie will be played on indoor hard courts at the Spiroudrome de Charleroi in the Belgian city of Charleroi.
|Best Davis Cup result||Runner-up (2015)||Champions (1976)|
|Captain||Johan van Herck||Corrado Barazzutti|
|Player #1 ||David Goffin ||Paolo Lorenzi |
|Player #2 ||Steve Darcis ||Alessandro Giannessi|
|Player #3 ||Ruben Bemelmans ||Andreas Seppi|
|Player #4||Joris de Loore||Simone Bolelli|
|Top-ranked singles player||Goffin (world no. 12)||Lorenzi (world no. 37)|
|Average singles ranking||98||166|
|Top-ranked doubles player||Bemelmans (world no. 277)||Fognini (world no. 134)|
Australia vs USA
No two sides in the history of the Davis Cup have played each other more than Australia and the USA, who are also the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history; Australia have won the title 28 times, the USA 32.
Both teams have veteran, Grand Slam champion captains and intriguing blends of players. Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, who finally retired in 2016 (although not before playing a rubber during his tenure as captain), must rely on the combustible and unpredictable, but lethally talented, Nick Kyrgios, the less well-established Jordan Thompson and doubles specialist John Peers. The USA's Jim Courier can call on the big-serving John Isner, who is not on great form at the moment, and the big forehand of Jack Sock, who made the semifinals of Indian Wells and the quarterfinals of Miami in March. Isner and Sock are joined by two more good singles players - Acapulco champion Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson.
The tie will be played on outdoor hard courts at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia.
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|Best Davis Cup result||Champion (28 times, most recently in 2003)||Champion (32 times, most recently in 2001)|
|Captain||Lleyton Hewitt||Jim Courier|
|Player #1||Nick Kyrgios||Jack Sock|
|Player #2||Jordan Thompson||John Isner|
|Player #3||Sam Groth||Sam Querrey|
|Player #4||John Peers||Steve Johnson|
|Top-ranked singles player||Kyrgios (world no. 16)||Sock (world no. 17)|
|Average singles ranking||94 ||24|
|Top-ranked doubles player||Peers (world no. 3)||Sock (world no. 22)|
France vs Great Britain
Great Britain won their first Davis Cup title in well over 100 years in 2015 and made a gallant attempt to defend that title in 2016, making it back to the semifinals before losing to Argentina. But those successes have mainly been contigent on the presence of Andy Murray, the world no. 1 who will miss the quarterfinal against France due to an elbow injury.
Great Britain managed to win a quarterfinal against Serbia without Murray last year and beat Canada in the first round, but Dan Evans struggles on clay, which is the surface France's captain Yannick Noah has cannily chosen for the quarterfinal clash.
The French have one of the deepest pools of talent and experience imaginable to draw on, but as so often in recent years, there are injury issues and other reasons why some of their top stars are unavailable: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has just become a father for the first time, Gael Monfils is injured, Richard Gasquet is recovering from appendicitis. In their absence, the team will be led by young Lucas Pouille and the experienced (but out of form) Gilles Simon.
The tie will be played on indoor clay courts at the Kindarena in Rouen, France.
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Serbia vs Spain
|Best Davis Cup result||Champions (9 times, most recently in 2001)||Champions (10 times, most recently in 2015)|
|Captain||Yannick Noah||Leon Smith|
|Player #1||Lucas Pouille||Dan Evans|
|Player #2||Gilles Simon||Kyle Edmund|
|Player #3||Nicolas Mahut||Jamie Murray|
|Player #4||Pierre-Hugues Herbert||Dominic Inglot|
|Top-ranked singles player||Pouille (world no. 15)||Evans (world no. 43)|
|Average singles ranking||42||44|
|Top-ranked doubles player||Mahut (world no. 1)||Murray (world no. 7)|
The 2010 champions Serbia made it back to the final in 2013 and have stayed in the World Group consistently in recent years, but haven't really mounted a serious challenge with Novak Djokovic's commitment intermittent and the players who supported him in 2010 - Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic - unavailable or out of form for various reasons.
World no. 2 Djokovic has announced his intention to play in the quarterfinals, however, despite the elbow injury that caused him to withdraw from the Miami Masters; perhaps hoping that playing for his country will help him find form again after some recent struggles. His presence transforms an otherwise lacklustre Serbian side into genuine contenders.
On the Spanish side, the 'Armada' are no longer the powerhouse they once were and many of their former key players - the ones who won three times for Spain in four years between 2008 and 2011 - have made themselves unavailable, but the strength in depth of Spain means they can still rely on the likes of Albert Ramos-Vinolas and the in-form Pablo Carreno Busta.
The tie will be played on indoor hard courts at the Aleksandar Nikolic Arena in Belgrade, Serbia.
|Best Davis Cup result||Champion (2010)||Champion (5 times, most recently in 2011)|
|Captain||Nenad Zimonjic||Conchita Martinez|
|Player #1||Novak Djokovic||Pablo Carreno Busta|
|Player #2||Viktor Troicki||Albert Ramos-Vinolas|
|Player #3||Dusan Lajovic||Marcel Granollers|
|Player #4||Nenad Zimonjic||Marc Lopez|
|Top-ranked singles player||Djokovic (world no. 2)||Carreno Busta (world no. 19)|
|Average singles ranking||42||28|
|Top-ranked doubles player||Zimonjic (world no. 56)||Lopez (world no. 15)|
Today's Davis Cup matches
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About the Davis Cup
With 126 nations entering in 2015, the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in sport. Uniquely structured in terms of tennis competitions, a Davis Cup tie sees two singles rubbers on the first day, followed by a doubles rubber on the second day before reverse singles on the third day – all played over the best of five sets. The first nation to score three points wins.
Although Davis Cup ties are played all around the world and involve players from all echelons of the sport, the cream of the competition is the World Group. The top 16 nations in the world play in a knockout format over four weekends throughout the season, with eight nations progressing to the quarterfinals, four nations to the semifinals and finally just two nations to the final, which is held the week after the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and brings the season to a fitting climax.
First played in 1900 as a competition between the USA and Great Britain, 14 nations have been crowned Davis Cup champions since the USA won the inaugural edition. The USA remain the most successful nation in Davis Cup history, winning 32 titles between 1900 and 2007 – their last title – followed by Australia, who have won 28 titles with their most recent triumph coming in 2003.
In recent years, the balance has shifted decisively towards the European teams. Spain dominated the competition between 2008 and 2011, winning three times with a strong squad led by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, while Novak Djokovic’s success in leading Serbia to a first title in 2010 was a hugely significant moment in the latter’s career. The Czech Republic were the next to take up the mantle of dominance, winning in 2012 and 2013, before Switzerland became the 14th nation in Davis Cup history to claim the trophy when Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka combined to defeat France in the 2014 final.
The 2015 edition saw Great Britain, once a great Davis Cup nation but one which had long lingered in the wilderness, rise from the ashes to claim the title. Great Britain had last won the Davis Cup in 1937 when Fred Perry and Bunny Austin led the team, but with Andy Murray playing some of the best tennis of his career and fully committed to the competition, the team led by Leon Smith beat the USA, France, Australia and Belgium in the final to claim the trophy.
Great Britain were edged in the semifinals of the 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas by Argentina, who were buoyed by the return of talismanic former world no. 4 Juan Martin del Potro after a virtual two-year absence from competition due to multiple wrist surgeries. Del Potro defeated Murray in five sets in what turned out to be the key rubber of the semifinal and the best nation never to win the Davis Cup set up a fifth final, this time against Croatia in Zagreb. Captain Daniel Orsanic's men were experienced at playing away ties by this point, having played every round away in 2016, and Croatia - looking to win their second title - found their chances damaged by Borna Coric's failure to recover from knee surgery. Croatia led 2-1 after claiming a significant doubles rubber on the Saturday, but on Sunday del Potro came back from two sets down for the first time in his career against world no. 6 Cilic to send the tie to a live fifth rubber and Ivo Karlovic - returning to Davis Cup after a four-year absence due to quarrels with the governing body - was unable to withstand a nerveless performance from Federico Delbonis, who sealed Argentina's first Davis Cup win.
Davis Cup records: Most successful nations
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