Davis Cup Semi-FinalsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Switzerland will play Italy in their Palexpo Convention Center in Geneva and the Czech Republic will take on the French at the Roland Garros Stadium in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this Friday.
Czech Republic vs France
The Czechs have been in great form recently with the whitewashing of Japan 5-0 without the help of their highest seed, Tomas Berdych and will provide the French with a stiff challenge.
They have played consistently well from the start and apart from the surprise defeat of Radek Stepanek to Robin Haase of the Netherlands, the Czech Team have not given their fans too much to be concerned about. France, on the other hand, will be happy to have made it this far after managing to recover from a 0-2 deficit against the German side in the quarter-finals.
However, having an elite player like Berdych is a definite advantage but it could be a double-edged sword in the case of an injury or tie. France’s team look more reliable with the help of big names like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils. Nevertheless, although the Czech, Radek Stepanek, has dropped to 39th seed, he was the man that won the cup for the Czech Republic in 2013.
It remains to be seen whether his experience will carry his team through into the final and beyond.
Switzerland vs Italy
Switzerland and Italy’s teams are more balanced in the sense that they both have two players that stand head and shoulders above their teammates.
There can be no real comparison in terms of class and experience between the Swiss legend Roger Federer (3rd seed) and Stan Wawrinka (4th seed) and the Italians Fabio Fognini (17th seed) and Andreas Seppi (49th seed). With two players in such fine form, the Swiss are the favourites to win the tournament.
Although Federer will provide the greatest challenge, the Italians shouldn’t be too quick to despair. Marco Chiudinelli (167th seed) and Michael Lammer (454th seed) should be no match for Paolo Lorenzi (78th seed) and Simone Bolelli (85th seed).
Wawrinka has had a mixed record at the Davis Cup and nor does he play at his best in his home country. If he is having a bad day and catches Fognini on a good one, the Italians might just be able to cause an upset. Whatever happens, it looks to be a very exciting two days of tennis coming up.
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Czech Republic – 5/1
France – 4/1
Switzerland – 1.65/1
Italy – 13/1