Free Picks & Predictions: Davis Cup Day 2, 19th November

      Free Picks & Predictions: Davis Cup Day 2, 19th November

      We witnessed some excellent tennis yesterday, particularly Canada’s victory over Belgium. But most importantly, and shockingly, we saw last years’ winners Croatia get undone by the ever-solid Russia.

      It’s Day 2 in Madrid, and we have a number of great matchups for you on the court today. A potentially pivotal group A matchup between Japan and France.

      Given the France roster, they must be seen as favourites. Recent ATP champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, will likely be too much for the Japanese.

      Will Japan cause an upset on day 2?

      Diego Schwartzman ARG (1.50) vs Christian Garin CHI (2.45)

      A battle between the two Latin-American players, the Chilean and Argentine. This won’t be the first time these two competitors have met, having played twice in the last few years.

      They’re 1-1 in the heads up. Christian Garin won the last game they played in Munich.

      Garin is enjoying the best season of his career right now, highlighted by an excellent run to the title in Houston. He has a wonderful forehand and is able to flummox his opponents with the spin he’s able to generate on the ball.

      The Argentine possess a different type of skill, as he doesn’t have the most powerful shot in the competition, he uses his skill to beat his opponents. He has top-level timing and can cover the court extremely well.

      The tennis betting odds are fairly even, but do favour the Argentinian. It will be an interesting contest, which we can see going all the way. Expect this one to be a real battle from start to finish.

      Take Schwartzman to win this one.

      Diego Schwartzman
      To beat Christian Garin


      Alexander Bublik RUS (1.30) vs Robin Haase HOL (3.25)

      This is the first meeting between these two. Alexander Bublik will be buoyed by his country’s performance in yesterdays’ matchup against last seasons’ winners in Croatia.

      This will one will be an entertaining match – an excellent game of the neutral. The brute power of the Dutchman will be difficult to handle, even though Bublik is clearly the favourite and has been playing well lately.

      Robin Haase has had a dismal season, dropping out of the top 100 and having an unsuccessful run at the ATP Challenger Tour. But now it’s the Davis Cup and he has an opportunity to make amends.

      The Kazakh plays an aggressive game and likes to look for risky shots, which could be Haase’s opportunity to try and put a score up. But, though he does play an unconventional game, he still will still likely come out on top.

      Take Alexander Bublik to beat the Dutchman.

      Alexander Bublik
      To beat Robin Haase


      Gael Monfils FRA (1.24) vs Yoshihito Nishioka JPN (3.65)

      Japanese tennis superstar Nishikori is missing from the team due to an injury he picked up. So in-steps Nishioka, who will represent Japan as their #1 seed.

      The 24-year old has had a fairly long road to get to where he is now. Two years ago, he suffered a ruptured ACL, which stopped him from making his way up the rankings.

      But he’s recovered very well and managed to establish himself as a regular on the ATP tour.

      He’s done so well in fact, that he is now well-inside the top 100, sitting at #73. He is more than capable of beating the French representative, Gael Monfils, if he brings his A-game.

      Monfils, representing France, who were in our Davis futures free picks for the outright winners, has been known to be inconsistent and will need to get things together, if he is to take the points in this one. Monfils is a Davis Cup player, he seems to always turn up for France.

      Monfils strength and speed should be too much for the Japanese representative to match.

      Take Gael Monfils to win.

      Gael Monfils
      To beat Yoshihito Nishioka