John McEnroe: ‘8 out of 10 Times, Great Britain Should Win This Davis Cup Final’;

With two weeks to go until the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final, John McEnroe has picked Great Britain to beat Belgium and win the event for the first time since 1936.

McEnroe, who played his first singles rubbers in the 1978 Davis Cup final – the last time that Britain were in the final – believes Andy Murray will win the three rubbers required to seal victory.

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McEnroe, who will come to London to play in Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, 2-6 December, told the Tennis Podcast:

“To me Great Britain should win. It’s set up for them. There will be pressure for Murray, but the way he handled it against Australia, he’ll handle it again and win two singles, and it would be nice if he did it again with his brother. Great Britain are definitely the favourites. It’s more difficult on the road, but I pick Great Britain. Even in the second singles they have an outside shot. They should win this tie 8 out of 10 times. I don’t want to put any pressure on but they should win that match!

McEnroe also remembers the 1978 final – he won both singles rubbers for the loss of just 10 games in a 4-1 win. Meanwhile, presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker discuss the big decision that captain Leon Smith will have to make – who does he pick as the second singles player alongside Andy Murray?

Also, what it would take for Novak Djokovic to be knocked off his perch? Will he lose motivation and struggle in 2016 in the way that Chelsea have this year? Will the other players compare notes about how to beat him?

And, with Venus Williams returning to the World’s Top Ten in her 21st season and her 36th year, could she shock the world by winning a Grand Slam title in 2016?

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

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