A look ahead to the Davis Cup final
The 2017 Davis Cup final will be contested between France and Belgium at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France, between 24-26 November.
France have reached their 18th final and first since 2014, whilst Belgium will be competing in only their third final, though did reach the final two as recently as 2015.
Yannick Noah has captained France to the final with victories over Japan, Great Britain and Serbia earlier this year whilst Belgium upset Germany, Italy and Australia to get this far.
Although it’s Belgium who have the highest player in the ATP Rankings between these two nations, France go in as the heavy favourites with their strength throughout the team.
France’s Betfair tennis betting odds are currently as short as 1.25 with Noah having numerous top 50 players to choose from including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (15), Lucas Pouille (18), Adrian Mannarino (28), Richard Gasquet (31) and Benoit Paire (41).
Johan Van Herck doesn’t have as much talent to choose from. Although David Goffin is the world number 8, next in the rankings are Steve Darcis (75), Ruben Bemelmans (101) and Arthur De Greef (169).
Belgium have not won any of their three doubles matches en route to this month’s final either whilst France have won all three of theirs, dropping just one of 10 sets. The excellent duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut would go into their match as heavy favourites if selected, as expected.
France have not won this tournament since 2001, having been runners-up in 2002, 2010 and 2014. Guy Forget was the team captain 16 years ago when the French were champions of the international tennis tournament.
Belgium last reached the Davis Cup final in 2015, losing 1-3 to a Great Britain team inspired by Andy Murray. Great Britain’s history in the Davis Cup can be seen in the graphic produced by Betfair below: