Mens US Open Outright 2018
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Zip Code Please enter zip code or country for newsletter signup. France have been the dominant team in the competition in the last few years, having reached two of the last four finals, and they appear to be in good shape to do so again.
The veteran has not been able to recover in time to take his place in the Spain team and that certainly hands France a boost heading into the tie. Croatia against the United States is the second semifinal, with the venue named as the outdoor clay courts of the Sportski Centar Visnjik, which is located in Zadar.
Given France have a terrific recent record in the Davis Cup, it is perhaps no surprise that the bookmakers have made them the favourites to win the tournament overall. Spain will provide a tough test in the semifinal in Lille, but home advantage counts for a lot at this stage of the competition and the absence of Nadal has dealt the visitors a massive blow.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils are both out injured for France, so they are not going to have it all their own way under France captain Yannick Noah, who has called up Benoit Paire. Lucas Pouille and Richard Gasquet are the other two singles specialists in the France team, with Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau selected to play doubles.
Should he be required, Adrian Mannarino is on the France team as a reserve. If France are to make it to the final and have a chance of defending their Davis Cup crown — no team has won it back-to-back since Czech Republic in — they need players to overturn poor runs of form. None of the French team looked in particularly good shape at the US Open last week, with Pouille and Gasquet both beaten in the third round in New York.
Paire did not even make it that far, although he did face Roger Federer in the second round at Flushing Meadows and few would have expected him to come through that match. France are big favourites for a good reason and if their players perform, they should win the tie.