Serbia, Germany and Austria. Or, alternatively, a chance to see Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem fight it out for a place in the quarter-finals. It’ll be a spectacular showdown worthy of any Grand Slam final.
The new format of the Finals is electrifying and intense, and the emotion and rivalry is something that the teams were able to experience in Madrid in 2019 from day one. The slightest margin can decide a nation's fate, and the stakes are high. Once the Qualifiers for this year's edition had been decided, the draw for the group phase created excitement and expectation. All the groups have their attractions for tennis lovers, but Luck had something extra in store for Group F. Top seed of the group Serbia, saw Zverez, Jan-Lennard Struff and Philipp Kohlschreiber's Germany drawn against them. But there was more. Of the six nations that could have filled the third slot, it was none other than Austria, with Dominic Thiem, that was called upon to complete a Group F where any match is a real final.
Don't miss in Group F:
- Novak Djokovic. The world No.1 dreams of giving Serbia a new Davis Cup title after their victory in 2010. His ambition is clear and his determination even more so. Serbia's dramatic elimination in the quarter-finals against Russia in 2019 provides even more motivation for the team.
- Dominic Thiem and the Austrian dream. Austria has never reached the Davis Cup final despite the efforts of some of its most famous players, such as former world No.1 Thomas Muster. Dominic Thiem – 2020 US Open champion and world No.3 – is fully aware of the opportunity and challenge he faces under the eyes of an entire nation. He has a chance to make history beyond his individual success.
- Alexander Zverev. At 23 years of age and already with 13 titles to his name, Zverev is one of the great prospects to lead world tennis in the coming years. Although he withdrew from the first edition of the Finals held in Madrid, the German team hopes to be able to count on him on this occasion. He made his debut in the Davis Cup at the age of 19 and has represented Germany in five play-offs.
- Pay attention to the captains’ nominations. Despite the high-profile nature of the clashes between the number ones from each country, the battle for a place in the quarter-finals will equally be played out by the number twos. For Germany, Jan-Lennard Struff and Philipp Kohlschreiber are two genuine rivals who can put anyone to shame. For Serbia, Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic – both in the top 30 – are the main candidates to carry Serbia's hopes. And for Austria, Dennis Novak will have the tough challenge of sustaining his team's chances.
- All or nothing: the doubles. The fact that the clashes between these countries will end in a draw is undoubtedly one of the most realistic predictions given the enormous equality. And what will happen then? Hard to predict! But... tennis and sports lovers, get yourself some popcorn! Djokovic, Zverez and Thiem could also play those third matches. And don’t forget, they have experience: Thiem was a doubles finalist at the Madrid Masters 1000 in 2019; Zverev has two titles – both won with his brother Mischa – and Djokovic has played Davis Cup doubles eleven times.
- Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mier. This German duo are currently the second best doubles pair in the world rankings and undoubtedly a huge asset for the German captain, Michael Kohlmann. It’s a real luxury of specialists that without a doubt could be the key in this explosive fight between the three nations.
- Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer. Between them they have 40 doubles titles (yes, you read that right!) and although they are far from the top of the rankings, their experience and expertise in doubles could be of great help to Austria. Keep an eye on the nominations.
And don’t forget! In the group phase every game counts. As well as direct qualification into the quarter-finals for the top-placed team in the group, the two best runners-up will also go through; and the number of sets and games won count towards this.
Enjoy all the excitement of the title fight from day one!