Australia will travel to Poland to try and salvage their World Group hopes and given Davis Cup veteran Lleyton Hewitt’s incredible run at the US Open, this tie could throw up a few surprises.
Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
Surface: Red Clay, Indoor
Australia is the second most successful nation in Davis Cup history and their team has experience and new ambition, on paper at least. The nominations are:
- Bernard Tomic
- Marinko Matosevic
- Lleyton Hewitt
- Chris Guccione
The Polish team are in their first play-off and come in with a similar make up to their team, which consists of:
- Jerzy Janowicz
- Lukasz Kubot
- Marcin Matkowski
- Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Australia recalled Bernard Tomic to Davis Cup duty after some much publicised issues to play his part in an emphatic 5-0 defeat of Chinese Taipei and a 3-1 winning tie against Uzbekistan. Tomic had a disappointing US Open though, falling to qualifier Dan Evans after a promising start. He picked up two Davis Cup wins on clay against Uzbekistan.
Jerzy Janowicz has sped up the rankings over the last few years, but it is probably more his prowess on hard court surfaces (and a great run to the Wimbledon semi-final on grass) that made 2013 a standout year for the volatile pole. His work ethic and passion may get him through a rubber with Tomic, but if he and Hewitt take to the court, expect a long grind.
Hewitt has had an amazing run at the US Open and is very much a part of the Australian strategy but they also have some strength in Nadal-bottle-kicking Marinko Matosevic – clay is not exactly his best surface though so there may be an interesting matchup with Lukasz Kubot.
Both teams have got a potentially great doubles rubber line-up. Guccione and Hewitt are a comfortable pairing, but the Polish duo of Matkowski and Fyrstenberg have been at the top tier of the doubles rankings and are an established team. The tie could hinge on this match.