The Davis Cup Finals 2022 is taking place in Malaga, Spain. Eight teams are competing for the prestigious title.
Davis Cup Finals 2022
One match has been played so far in the Davis Cup Finals 2022. Australia defeated the Netherlands by 2-0 after Jordan Thompson defeated Tallon Griekspoor in three sets and Alex de Minaur beat Botic van de Zandschulp in three sets. This abbreviated Davis Cup finals with best of three matches and best of three sets feel alien to me, who grew up with the long format of five matches of five sets. But it speeds up the competition and reduces traveling throughout the year. It also lets you watch an event like the Davis Cup finals and see all eight teams.
Who are the eight teams? Well, the quarter-finals look like this:
Italy vs USA
Germany vs Canada
Australia vs Netherlands
Croatia vs Spain
There are several top players missing in the teams.
Italy is missing Berrettini and Sinner and are playing Musetti, Sonego, Fognini and Bolelli.
USA is playing Fritz, Tiafoe, Sock and Paul.
Germany: Otte, Struff, Hanfmann, Puetz and Krawietz
Canada: Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, Pospisil, Galarneau, Diallo
Australia: De Minaur, Kokkinakis, Purcell, Ebden, Thompson (no Kyrgios)
Croatia: Cilic, Coric, Gojo, Pavic and Mektic
Netherlands: Van de Zanschulp, Griekspoor, Van Rijthoven, Koolhof, Middelkoop
Spain: Carreno Busta, Bautista Agut, Granollers, Ramos-Vinolas, Martinez (no Alcaraz, nor Nadal)
There are two singles matches and if the score is tied, a doubles match will settle it.
The Davis Cup Finals go from quarter-final stages 22-24 November, then semi-finals 25-26 Nov and end with the final on 27 Nov.
You can find out more about the schedule and the tournament on the official website of the Davis Cup Finals.
Are you watching?
Dennis Timar and I discussed the importance of Davis Cup, considering the drastic format change, on our latest episode of the Tennisnerd podcast. You can listen to it below or on your favorite podcast platform.
I'm keen to hear if your interest in the Davis Cup has shifted since they changed the format. Put your thoughts in the comments below.