The Davis Cup, also called the "World Cup of Tennis", has arrived in a revamped format, and we break down the best bets for all of Day 2´s action!
<div><p><br />The Davis Cup is well and truly underway here at the La Caja Mágica in Madrid, Spain. Yesterday saw the tournament start and fans were treated to some brilliant action, highlighted by the ultra intense, triple tiebreak affair between Matteo Berrettini and Denis Shapovalov. Belgium, Canada and Russia emerged victorious on the day, and we have all six groups in action for Tuesday's action. We once again have a few blockbuster matchups, with Roberto Bautista Agut facing up against Andrey Rublev, and Rafael Nadal matching up against Karen Khachanov.</p><p><a href="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus"><img alt src="https://images-production-euw2-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5d582dcf927b95968483da5f/original-10-bet-new-customer-welcome-bonus" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>We will also see the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios in action for the first time since the ATP issued a probation for his offensive behavior on court, as the highly capable man will try to lead his Australia to victory against Colombia. Other interesting ties on the day include the aforementioned Spain against Russia matchup which likely decides who ends the group as number 1, and USA taking on Canada in an all-North American battle. Group F looked to be, and has been the most competive group to date in the early stages of the tournament, and the USA - Canada tie will be the focus of my action today. Taylor Fritz vs. Denis Shapovalov</p><h2><strong>Tuesday, November 19, Madrid</strong></h2><h2><strong>Stumbling Down the Stretch </strong></h2><p>Taylor Harry Fritz is one of many young, promising Americans on the rise. The 22-year old has had a great season which has been capped with a Newport Beach Challenger title, an ATP Los Cabos final and a maiden ATP title in Eastbourne. Fritz also showed promise in the team format as part of Team World in Laver Cup, where he pushed Stefanos Tsitsipas the distance, and took down Dominic Thiem in three sets. However, ever since then, the world no. 32 has been stumbling down the stretch. In the six subsequent tournaments, the American has only won three matches in total, whilst losing six. Four of the six losses have come in straight sets as well, including three of the four against top-20 opposition.</p><h2>Scintillating Tennis</h2><p>Denis Shapovalov was appointed the Team Captain for Team Canada, and the 20-year old did not disappoint. Leading the way against Italy, Denis would continue playing the scintillating tennis we´ve seen under Mikhail Youzhny´s tutelage. Backing up the back-to-back Finals appearances in Stockholm and the Paris Masters, the Canadian entered the court with the opportunity to close out the win for his country. Vasek Pospisil had previously upset Fabio Fognini, and a tough test in recent ATP Finals competitor Matteo Berrettini would await. In what promised to be a serve-oriented matchup due to the nature of each player's game, it would become a match of small margins.</p><p>Shapovalov looked nervous at times, and hit a whopping 13 double faults to go along with 13 aces, as well as making 48 total unforced errors, but held his nerve when it mattered the very most. Facing only three break points all match, all coming in the first set, the world no. 15 won 85% of first serve points. Denis also created 7 break points and managed to reign supreme in a triple tiebreak, 2 hour & 52 minutes long affair.</p><h2>A Gulf in Class</h2><p>While Taylor Fritz is certainly a tough opponent who possesses solid groundstrokes and a good serve, he lacks the outstanding weapons that Shapovalov has at his disposal. The Canadian hit 39 winners in total, with 13 coming on serve, 19 off the forehand wing, and 7 off the backhand wing against Berrettini. Able to generate extreme amounts of pace on the ball, in these fast conditions the 20-year old will put his older opponent on the backfoot as soon as Fritz isn´t able to find consistent depth on his groundstrokes. Performing well under massive pressure in what was the match of the day and an incredibly high quality affair, Shapovalov will be well prepared and full of confidence.</p><p>The American comes into this tournament cold, and may well quickly find himself under serious pressure. Looking at the stats, it´s the Canadian who leads the way via a 4.9% hold/break edge on the year, along with a massive 156 point hard court ELO edge. The pair have met on one previous occasion, last year in Delray Beach where Shapovalov won 7-5, 6-4. Since then, the world no. 15 has improved by leaps and bounds, and should be the firm favourite in this matchup. A repeat of that Delray Beach result pays handsomely here, with Unibet offering 2.38 on the -1.5 sets handicap, which will be our selection in this matchup.</p><p><strong>Best bet:</strong> Shapovalov -1.5 sets at 2.38 (69/50) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=93&a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&f=1" rel="nofollow">Unibet</a> 1.5u</p></div>