When: Wednesday, November 20th starting at 12:00 PM EST.
Where: Manzanares Park Tennis Center in Madrid, Spain
Head to Head Record: Belgium leads 3-1
Belgium and Australia were drawn into Group D and immediately looked like the favorites to fight for the top seed.
The Belgian team immediately showed its strengths with a convincing 2-1 victory over Colombia.
Both teams are bringing in a solid lineup of players.
Australia has a good mix of young and experienced players, with plenty of raw talent.
Belgium will try to secure a spot in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.
Australia, meanwhile, has achieved the feat twice during that span.
The loser will have a shot at advancing too, so winning as many games and sets as possible is also extremely important.
Team nomination: David Goffin, Steve Darcis, Kimmer Coppejans, Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen.
Belgium brings a tried-and-trusted group of veteran, experienced players.
The lineup is led by ATP Finals runner-up and Masters 1000 finalist David Goffin.
Darcis has been a mainstay in the national team, and the veteran usually rises to the occasion.
Gillé and Vliegen are coming off a career year, with the pair winning their first three ATP titles in four finals appearances.
The team did drop a total of three sets to Colombia, which could hurt its chances later.
Team nomination: Nick Kyrgios, Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson and John Peers.
Tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt surprised when he announced the Kyrgios last month.
The controversial Australian star player had been exiled from the national team, but a recent change of heart created the opportunity for his return.
Kyrgios is a mercurial player, and can easily go toe to toe against the top players on a good day.
As the team’s leader and number 1 player, his match against Goffin could set the tone for the rest of the series.
Youngster de Minaur is on the rise, and he will likely play an even bigger role this time.
Australian Open doubles champion John Peers pairs up with Jordan Thompson to complete the lineup.
Veteran John Millman can also sub in if necessary, which gives Australia a very good mix of youth and experience.
This is a very even matchup, as both teams have managed to strike a nice balance with their lineups.
Whoever comes out on top of the Kyrgios vs. Goffin clash will likely tip the balance in favor of their respective team.
De Minaur should have the upper hand against Darcis, but the Belgian veteran is no stranger to stepping it up on the Davis Cup stage.
The doubles match looks a bit one-sided, with Australia holding the advantage.
It’s going to be close, but Australia should take this one.
Prediction: Australia to win.
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