How will Zverev, Thiem, Khachanov, Shapovalov and De Minaur perform? And there are huge challenges for Italy in India, Belgium in Brazil, and Chile in Austria. Get ready! The Davis Cup Qualifiers by BNP Paribas are coming on February 1st and 2nd.
Austria-Chile: The Chileans, traditionally with more experience on clay, have a difficult visit to Salzburg against an Austria headed by Thiem, who will be playing at home on his best surface.
• Germany-Hungary: 'Sascha' Zverev, the player with the best ranking (4) of this qualifying phase, will not expect to be troubled by the Hungarians - and will hope to achieve a place in the Davis Cup Madrid Finals.
• Switzerland-Russia: Khachanov, Medvedev and Rublev - three solid Russian bets to face Severin Luthi's men.
• India-Italy: A grass-court test for the Italy of Cecchinato (18 ATP) and Seppi (35 ATP) against Gunneswaran (109 ATP) and Ramanathan (131 ATP).
• Uzbekistan-Serbia: Istomin will be a key player in the aspirations of his country, and will expect an eye-catching match against the Serbian star, Dusan Lajovic.
• Colombia-Sweden: First duel between both countries with the Ymer brothers trying to hit hard in Bogotá against Elahi Galan and Giraldo.
• Brazil-Belgium: Melo and Soares, two of the best doubles players in the world, could tip the scales in their favor against a Belgian team that will not have an easy challenge in Uberlandia.
• Australia-Bosnia / Herzegovina: De Minaur, the revelation of these first weeks of 2019, and Dzumhur will stage one of the most even matches of the weekend.
• Slovakia-Canada: Klizan (29 years old) will try to stop the momentum of the Canadians, who are placing their bets on two promising young players - Shapovalov (19 years old) and Auger-Aliassime (18).
• Kazakhstan-Portugal: The Kazakhs rely on Kukushkin, once again, to add another victory at home (10 out of 11 so far!) against the Portuguese team led by Joao Sousa (44).