The 2018 Davis Cup begins Friday with 16 countries fighting for a spot in the second round. Join us while we go through the most valuable lines for this weekend’s action in the World Cup of tennis.
Novak Djokovic continues to struggle with physical problems, which means Serbia can't count on him for the Davis Cup tie against the United States. For that reason, the Americans are the undeniable favorite to book a place in the following round at -323 at BetOnline, while Serbia is available at +269 at Pinnacle.
Taking a look at Friday’s encounters in the Sportski Centar Cair in Serbia, Laslo Djere and Sam Querrey will play the first rubber. Despite Querrey’s unquestionable quality, the 30-year-old American is far from a clay-court expert. On the other hand, Djere won 71.43 percent of the matches played on red dirt over the past 12 months. Therefore, our advice is to place a bet on "over" 38 at -120 at 5Dimes.
John Isner and Dusan Lajovic are no strangers, with the American winning three of their previous four official encounters on the ATP World Tour. However, the Serbian is not an easy match for Isner, with a third-set tiebreak required in their last three meetings. With this in mind, our suggestion is to follow the trend by taking advantage of the "over" 40 tennis odds at -115 at Pinnacle as the most valuable play for this match.Australia vs. Germany
Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane will host this first-round tie. Australia is at home and the favorite at -179 at BetOnline, while BetVictor offers +160 for a German victory.
Germany's Alexander Zverev will face 18-year-old Alex De Minaur in his first-ever Davis Cup match. Playing in Brisbane brings great memories to De Minaur after reaching the Brisbane International semifinals a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, it won't be easy for the Australian teenager to overcome such a tough competitor as Zverev.
Adding to this, the German has some unfinished business in the Davis Cup after his disappointing defeat to Steve Darcis in 2017. With this in mind, our suggestion is for you to place a bet on Alexander's -5.5 spread at -108 at Pinnacle as the best betting approach for this contest.
Nick Kyrgios returns to Brisbane after his victory at the Brisbane International earlier this season. The fast court conditions at Pat Rafter Arena suit Kyrgios' powerful serve, with an incredible average of 1.37 aces per service game on his recent campaign in Brisbane. On the other hand, the 22-year-old has drastically improved his public image with the world No. 14 creating the NK Foundation to provide sport facilities to underprivileged and disadvantaged youths.
The sportsbooks expect a straightforward win from Kyrgios on Friday against Jan-Lennard Struff, with the Australian only available at -500 at 5Dimes. Despite the low price on Kyrgios' moneyline, it's impossible to go against the home favorite in this match. Having said that, our recommendation is to add Kyrgios' -2.5 set handicap to your picks at +124 at Pinnacle.