September 26, 2022

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Argentina and Sweden clash in Bologna. First Challenges for Australia and Canada – OA Sport

The journey to win the 2022 Davis Cup begins today. The first leg of the finals will take place from 13 to 18 September and will be played in four different venues (Bologna, Valencia, Hamburg and Glasgow) with four groups of four teams each. The top two finishers will advance to the knockout stage, scheduled for November 22-27 in Malaga, Spain.

Group A is the Bologna-based group that includes Italy, who play their first match against Croatia tomorrow. Argentina and Sweden will open the program in what is already a very important clash for both teams. Looks like a step below the Azzurri and Croatians. The South Americans will rely on Diego Schwartzman and Francisco Cerundolo in the singles, and then on top doubles like Ceballos/Gonzalez, while all Sweden’s hopes are placed on the two brothers, Michael and Elias Ymer, who will try to upset the prediction.

The finals also begin for Felix Auger-Aliassime’s Canada. The thirteenth-ranked world number one will surely want to undo the disappointment of an early exit at the US Open and will want to drag his national team into a group that sees Carlos Algarez’s Spain and Serbia as favourites. Canada will open against South Korea. A very weak team and it has its only strong point in world number 74 Soonwoo Kwon.

Nick Kyrgios will not be thereBut Australia show themselves as Group C favourites, It takes place in Hamburg and sees hosts from Germany, France and Belgium. The Australians’ first opponent will be the Belgians: The challenge between Alex de Minaur and David Goffin is very interesting, while Thanasi Kokkinakis and the Purcell/Epton duo shouldn’t have too many problems.

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Great Britain and the United States look to be favorites in Group D in Glasgow. With a direct confrontation that will be tomorrow, but bewareHolland tries to play the role of a pooper. Botic Van de Zandschulp and Tallon Griekspoor are not to be underestimated in singles, but Koolhof / Middlekoop also compete in doubles. Holland begins its journey Against the ever treacherous Kazakhstan Alexander Publik and Michael Kukushikin, the latter a real Davis man.

Davis Cup Tournament Calendar 2022 (September 13)

Group A (Bologna): Argentina-Sweden

Group B (Valencia): Canada v South Korea

Group C (Hamburg): Belgium-Australia

Group D (Glasgow): Kazakhstan v Netherlands

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