Davis Cup 2013: Breaking Down Groups, Schedule and Teams to Watch

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Davis Cup 2013: Breaking Down Groups, Schedule and Teams to Watch
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The Davis cup began in 1900 as a simple competition between the United States and Great Britain. More than 100 years later, the tournament’s international reach makes it one of the best events in tennis.

The 2013 Davis Cup World Group features 16 nations (eight seeded), and is set to begin on February 1. Some of the top players in the world will represent their countries in pursuit of the title.

The top seeded nations are Spain and the Czech Republic (finalists from 2012), followed by Argentina, Serbia, France and the United States, respectively. Despite winning the Davis Cup in 2012, the Czech Republic was awarded the No. 2 seed for this year’s action.

We’ll take a look at the draw and schedule for the 2013 Davis Cup and highlight some teams and players to watch this year.

 

Round 1 Draw

Spain (1) vs. Canada*

Croatia (7) vs. Italy*

Serbia (4) vs. Belgium*

United States* (6) vs. Brazil

Israel vs. France* (5)

Germany vs. Argentina* (3)

Austria vs. Kazakhstan* (8)

Switzerland* vs. Czech Republic (2)

*Denotes choice of ground

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First round schedule (all times EST)

Day 1: Fri. Feb. 1

Day 2: Sat. Feb. 2

Day 3: Sun. Feb. 3

 

Teams Day Time
Spain vs. Canada

1

2

3

4 p.m.

4 p.m.

2 p.m.

Croatia vs. Italy

1

2

3

 

9 a.m.

11 a.m.

9 a.m.

Serbia vs. Belgium

1

2

3

9 a.m.

9 a.m.

9 a.m.

United States vs. Brazil

1

2

3

2 p.m.

2 p.m.

12 p.m.

Israel vs. France

1

2

3

7 a.m.

8 a.m.

7 a.m.

Germany vs. Argentina

1

2

3

6 a.m.

8 a.m.

6 a.m.

Austria vs. Kazakhstan

1

2

3

7 a.m.

9 a.m.

9 a.m.

Switzerland vs. Czech Republic

1

2

3

7 a.m.

7:30 a.m.

6:30 a.m.


*Draw and schedule can also be found at DavisCup.com.

 

Teams to watch

Serbia (4)

According to DavisCup.com, Novak Djokovic plans to represent his country at the Davis Cup this year, but his decision won’t be final until after the Australian Open:

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“The plan is to play Davis Cup for Serbia. Right now I can´t confirm. I don´t know what´s going to happen in two weeks´ time, as long as I play the tournament. I'm going to try to get as far as I can in Melbourne.”

If Djokovic can represent his country, Serbia stands a much better chance of winning. Serbia won the Davis Cup in 2010 with his help.

If Djokovic participates, he will be joined by Janko Tipsarevic, the current No. 9 singles player in the world.

 

United States (6)

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Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan are the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles players in the world, respectively, and they will be part of the team representing the United States, along with Sam Querrey and John Isner. Isner is ranked No. 13 in the world in singles play, and Querrey is just outside the top-20 at No. 22.

The United States has won 32 titles at the Davis Cup since its inception in 1900. No country has won more, but the United States has not reached a Davis Cup final since 2007. It looks to break that streak after being ousted in the semifinals last year.

 

Czech Republic (2)

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Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek lead a team that hoisted the Davis Cup in 2012 after besting Spain 3-2. The two have a record of 11-1 when paired together in doubles play.

Berdych is the No. 6 singles player in the world, but he’s coming off a tough loss to Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. If he has time to rest and recover from the tournament, he’ll be prepared to lead the charge for another Davis Cup title.

 

Spain (1)

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Nicolas Almagro nearly defeated David Ferrer at the Australian Open, but was bested in five tough sets. The No. 11 singles player in the world will join Marc Lopez (No. 6 doubles) in a quest for the Davis Cup in 2013.

Spain reached the finals last year, but lost to the Czech Republic. It will face Canada in the first round—a team that features the No. 5 doubles player and No. 15 singles player according to ATP rankings.

 

Remaining schedule

Quarterfinals: Apr. 5 through Apr. 7

Semifinals: Sep. 13 through Sep. 15

Finals: Nov. 15 through Nov. 17

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