Serbia have strength in depth despite a rest for Djokovic, and are superb at 19/10 with Boylesports for an away win in Argentina to reach Davis Cup semis
ATP world number one Novak Djokovic may be missing from his country’s Davis Cup squad, but Serbia remain real value at a best-price 19/10 with Boylesports to come through their quarter-final clash with Argentina.
The tie is away in South America, but it appears the bookies have underestimated the strength in depth that Serbia possess, as they still retain three of the four men that won the Davis Cup back in 2010. Such experience will be key here, and Betway offer top odds of 7/2 for them to win the competition again.
Viktor Troicki is their star player with Djokovic not on international duty, and his recent run to the fourth round of Wimbledon bettered what any of Argentina’s men had to offer in SW19. Led by Leonardo Mayer, the hosts are also without their most illustrious name in sidelined Grand Slam winner Juan Martin Del Potro.
Comprised of clay court specialists, Argentina’s top available ATP Pro is ranked 22 places below tricky Troicki, who won his only previous meeting with Mayer at the Australian Open earlier this year. Their match-up should thus set the tone for a Serbian victory.
Speaking of rankings, Janko Tipsarevic comes completely under the radar into this Davis Cup tie. His position of 449 in the world is false when punters consider the 31-year-old has reached two US Open quarter-finals.
Argentina also have a doubles specialist in veteran Nenad Zimonjic, who has eight Grand Slam titles with partners to his name. Serbia’s opposition is much less lauded with Carlos Berlocq, Federico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman all having really poor showings at tennis majors. It’s this failure to perform in big matches, which will be their downfall again.
Djokovic’s deputy Dusan Lajovic, meanwhile, recently took an ATP Tour doubles title on clay at Istanbul, proving the surface is no barrier to Serbia. Home-court advantage in Buenos Aires is thus not enough to give Argentina any sort of edge, and Del Potro missing out will be more keenly felt by them.
Bookies.com top tip: Serbia beat Argentina @ 19/10 with Boylesports
All odds were correct at time of posting.