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When: Thursday, November 21st starting at 5:00 AM EST.
Where: Manzanares Park Tennis Center in Madrid, Spain
Head to Head Record: 5-5 Tie
France and Serbia have met a total of ten times in Davis Cup history.
Their head to head record is split at five apiece, so this year’s matchup will act as the tie-breaker.
France and Serbia have met twice this decade, splitting the wins.
Serbia won the 2010 Davis Cup title at home, defeating France in the finals.
France got its revenge in the 2017 semifinals, also at home, and went on to win its most recent Davis Cup title.
Fittingly, the tie-breaker between the two teams will take place on neutral ground this time.
France has only missed out on the quarterfinals once since 2001, and has made it past the first round every year since 2010.
Serbia, meanwhile, missed out on last year’s quarterfinals, its worst result since 2014.
Both national teams will try to retain their spot in the Davis Cup Finals as well.
Team nomination: Gaël Monfils, Benoît Paire, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, and Nicolas Mahut.
France has one of the strongest lineups in the tournament, filled with star players.
ATP top 10 Gaël Monfils is joined in singles by former top 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and the experienced Benoît Paire.
Career Grand Slam winners and reigning ATP Finals champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut are the team’s representatives in doubles.
France made it to the World Group final three times in the last five editions, winning the title in 2017.
Last year’s runner-ups will try to improve on their 2018 results and return to glory in 2019.
The team had a surprisingly difficult matchup against Japan on day 1 but managed to walk away with a narrow 2-1 victory.
Team nomination: Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic, Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic.
Despite being critical of the new tournament format, Djokovic chose to play in this year’s Davis Cup Finals.
The Serb legend will lead his team in its pursuit of a second title.
Djokovic will be joined by four experienced teammates.
Tipsarevic and Troicki were both part of the 2010 title-winning lineup, while Lajovic played in the 2013 World Group final.
Krajinovic, meanwhile, holds the second-best ranking among the team’s players.
While Serbia may lack in star power, this roster makes up for it with experience.
The other four players are no strangers to the Davis Cup stage and know how to step up their game when it matters.
Djokovic has the edge in singles over both Tsonga and his likely opponent, Monfils.
Herbert and Mahut, on the other hand, are the clear favorites for the doubles match.
This leaves the second singles match as the actual tie-breaker.
Tsonga has a slight advantage over his likely opponents and could tip the scale in France’s favor.
The defending Davis Cup runner-ups should take this one with a close 2-1 score.
The latest odds for the Croatia vs Spain match are provided by 888Sport NJ.
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