Australia and the Netherlands are meeting for the first time in the Davis Cup competition. The Dutch team hopes to reach the semifinals for only the second time in their country’s history and the first time since 2001.
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Australia is one of eight teams to have advanced to the knockout stage of the 2022 Davis Cup Finals, which begin this week in Spain.
The Australian squad plays the Netherlands in a must-win quarterfinal matchup tonight in Malaga.
After a great training week in France, Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt stated that his squad was prepared to face the Netherlands.
Alex de Minaur leads the Australian charge. This season, the 23-year-old has an unblemished record in the competition, winning all four singles matches he has played to help Australia reach this stage.
So far this season, Australia has won matches against Hungary, Belgium, and France, with their only loss coming to host nation Germany in the round-robin stage of the competition in Hamburg in September. Despite finishing second in Group C, Australia advanced to the quarterfinals.
During the round-robin portion of the finals in September, the Netherlands finished first in a strong Group D, defeating the United States, Kazakhstan, and host nation Great Britain.
The Dutch team was led by Botic Van de Zandschulp, who defeated top-20 opponents Taylor Fritz and Cameron Norrie.
The Dutch squad also includes a seasoned doubles partnership led by world No. 1 Wesley Koolhof.
Expert Betting Tips
If the match proceeds to a doubles decider, the Netherlands must be favored due to the extraordinary recent performance of world number one Wesley Koolhof. Back in September, Koolhok and Matwe Middelkoop were motivated to bring their country here at the cost of Great Britain, and the indoor circumstances favor the Dutch couple over Ebden and Purcell.
Australia understands that winning in two games is their best chance. Because of these implications, this is a difficult match to predict in the markets, but pick De Minaur to win if at all feasible. Otherwise, Australia should be able to win this 2-0 and avoid a tough doubles match.
- 1×2 Australia for 1.72
- 1×2 Netherlands for 2.07