The 2022 Davis Cup seeds have been officially announced. Italy is in the second pot and will draw one of the four seeds: Croatia (number 1 in the table), Spain, France and the USA.
The possible opponents of the Azzurri
Yesterday the seeded and the divisions by pot of the sixteen teams admitted to the final round of the 2022 Davis Cup were officially announced. There will be four groups of four teams, the first two will move on to the knockout phase. Let’s see in detail how the bands are composed.
Among the top seeds we have the latest finalist of the competition and number 1 seed (due to the disqualification of Russia from the tournament), Croatia. Rounding out the quartet are Spain, France and the USA. The first two teams are definitely to be avoided. The former have two absolute strengths in Marin Cilic and in doubles, while Spain can count on the fury of Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal. The French are more affordable (with i top player on the way to the sunset for several years and the young people who failed to impose themselves) and the Americans (masters of the serve, but less granitic than other opponents).
As previously mentioned, Italy is part of the second bracket. To keep her company there will be Germany, Canada and Great Britain. These three teams cannot be drawn in the same group as the Azzurri
In the third band we find Kazakhstan, Belgium, Serbia and Argentina. It goes without saying that Novak Djokovic’s Serbia (if he can play) and the heart of the Argentines led by Diego Schwartzman (although the concrete is not their surface) should be avoided like the plague. The match against Belgium is much easier, while Kazakhstan could be a mangy opponent (good double and Alexander Bublik in form are not to be underestimated).
Close Australia, Sweden, Holland and South Korea. Absolutely to avoid team Australia, we paid the price in the ATP Cup. Alex De Minaur is the most prominent player at the level of ranking, but watch out for Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, lethal in both singles and doubles. The other three nations are absolutely within reach, Sweden could probably give more trouble than the other two who have the fittest players in Kwon Soon and Tallon Griekspoor.
Where and when to play
The final phase of the team tournament will be played from 14 to 18 September in the four designated venues (Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Malaga). The knockout phase, on the other hand, will take place from 23 to 27 November in locations yet to be defined.
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