• Davis Cup quarterfinals take center stage

    7/9/10 6:08 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Davis Cup quarterfinals take center stage The Davis Cup quarterfinals begin on Friday at four different locations around the world. Among the clashes are the Czech Republic at Chile and two-time defending champion Spain at France.

    Czech Republic vs. Chile

    Tomas Berdych recently made a surprise run to the Wimbledon final and the Czechs are going to need similar heroics if they are going to prevail in the 2010 Davis Cup quarterfinals. Berdych and Radek Stepanek are out, so that means the team is going into Chile with Jan Hajek as its top-ranked player.

    If there is some good news for the Czech Republic, it's that the host nation is without Fernando Gonzalez (knee). The Chileans are expected to go with Nicolas Massu and Paul Capdeville in singles, while Capdeville and Jorge Aguilar are the current doubles nominees. Even without Gonzalez, Chile will once again enjoy a massie home-court advantage thanks to what is sure to be a rowdy crowd.

    Prediction: Chile 3, Czech Republic 1 (fifth rubber dead)

    Spain vs. France

    Spain is the two-time defending Davis Cup champion, but a title defense is in major jeapordy this weekend with a road date against France in the cards. This is without question the blockbuster matchup of the quarterfinals. The Spaniards don't have Rafael Nadal, but they still have Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, and Nicolas Almagro at their disposal. France is countering with a strong hard-court lineup of Gael Monfils, Michael Llodra, Julien Benneteau, and Gael Monfils.

    While Spain has the edge on paper, the home-court advantage and the hard surface will be a significant advantage for the French. Llodra is a master of fast conditions and Monfils has been able to get the job done on all surfaces throughout his career. All five rubbers could turn out to be thrillers, so this tie looks like a toss-up.

    Prediction: Spain 3, France 2

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i think spain will win 3-0. they have the better players on paper. these countries are antagonists so the spaniards will be very motivated too to do well.

croc , 7/9/10 11:01 AM

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