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‘Murray over Del Potro; Coric over Gasquet’

Davis Cup action takes Centre Stage on Friday as defending champions, Great Britain take on Argentina in Glasgow, while Croatia host France in Zadar.

 

It’s a blockbuster start to Great Britain’s clash with Argentina, with Andy Murray battling Juan Martin del Potro in the opening rubber.

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Both players are coming off quarter final finishes at the US Open, with Murray somewhat surprisingly falling to Kei Nishikori at Flushing Meadows, while del Potro lost to eventual champion, Stan Wawrinka.

Fair to say, del Potro would have been more pleased with his efforts in New York, as he continues to close in on his best form after a lengthy injury layout.

Murray has dominated this rivalry, winning six of the eight meetings, but the pair have met just three times since del Potro’s US Open success in 2009.

This promises to be another close contest, just like it was in their last meeting at the Olympic final in Rio.

Del Potro will come out swinging, but Murray often takes his game to another level when he represents his country, and that should just tilt this one in the Brit’s favour.

I’m backing Kyle Edmund to carry on his good form against the dangerous Guido Pella in Friday’s other singles’ rubber.

 

The other semi-final pitches Croatia against France in Zadar, with Richard Gasquet taking on Croatian teen, Borna Coric in an intriguing opening rubber.

Gasquet appears there for the taking; having struggled with a back injury through the summer, and his last match was a crushing defeat to young Brit, Kyle Edmund at the US Open.

Coric has had injury problems of his own. His last outing was a retirement against Feliciano Lopez in the opening round of the US Open.

This looks like a battle between the walking wounded, and while Gasquet has the experience and the greater skill set, Coric is a mental fortress. I’m leaning towards the Croatian to edge a tight encounter.

 

Lucas Pouille was superb at the US Open, but I suspect Marin Cilic will have too much firepower in Zadar

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