Davis Cup 2016: Will the Defending Champions Kick off with a Triumph?
It seems like the glorious Davis Cup final just happened, but the new edition of the event is already in town. This time around, Great Britain is meeting Japan in the top-notch World Group and it‘s going to get intense as the Murray brothers will be the driving force of their home team, and Kei Nishikori – the core of their contender‘s strength.
While it’s undeniable that winning in the best group of the Davis Cup can never really be an easy feat, there is always a favourite. According to the TonyBet bookies, it’s the defending champions Great Britain, who were given the odds of 1/5 for having a successful first round, while Japan a more moderate 3/1.
The singles will almost definitely see world‘s 2nd Andy Murray defending Britain‘s side against the world’s 6th Kei Nishikori. The pair have met on the court for six times already, although this will be the first for the year of 2016, and five of these matches ended in Murray’s victory.
Nishikori’s only triumph v Murray was in Masters Cup ATP 2014, meanwhile the Scotsman defeated him in just two rounds for the four out of his five wins. Murray has had a pretty good season last year, too, even though he didn’t secure any Grand Slam titles, and he already kicked of this year with the finals of Australian Open 2016.
The Japanese player’s season wasn’t all that successful, with him losing in the first round of US Open and then in the second round of Wimbledon. The new year seems to be going a bit better for him, what with Nishikori reaching the QFs of Australian Open, but his new sponsorship may bring quite a lot of pressure and it’s rather unclear whether the stress will affect him positively.
Moving to the doubles talk doesn’t help avoid the Murray name either. This time around it’s Jamie who is the spine of the attack plan, however, it looks like double trouble scenario works the best, as last year he lost in the first round of Davis Cup when he was partnered up with Dominic Inglot and went on to have three consecutive wins with his brother.
It is pretty clear that a lot of the potential Great Britain’s success relies on the Murray duo, and especially on Andy Murray. While it does sound like a bit of a risky bet, he has already proven that a bite like that is not too big for him last time around – but can he pull so much weight again? One thing’s certain: we can definitely hope for it!