Thiago Monteiro (ATP 107) and Arthur De Greef (ATP 202) open Friday (at 19h Belgian time) the Davis Cup encounter between Brazil and Belgium on the clay courts of the Brazilian Uberlandia. The Belgian team, without game David Goffin (ATP 21), Steve Darcis (ATP 313) and Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 132), stands for a ‘mission impossible’ to get a ticket for the finals week to reach.
After the duel between De and Monteiro, it is the turn of Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 195) and Rogerio Dutra da Silva (ATP 139). Saturday is the day by the dubbelduel between our fellow countrymen Sander Gille and Joran Fly and the Brazilian specialists Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo. Then find Coppejans Monteiro and connect The Greef of the confrontation against Dutra da Silva.
Captain Johan Van Herck held on the eve, despite the tough prospect, all hope. “In the past we have already proven that we also despite some cancellations to be able to win”, he noted. “We need to focus on what we can control, such as the physical form of the players. I think we have the qualities to Brazil to knock.”
From this year changed the format of the Davis Cup. Eighteen countries will be in november, at the end of the season, in a tournament of a week in one location, competing for the title. With a win against Brazil, our country, his ticket for the finals week bite. In that finals week are certainly Croatia, France, Spain, the United States, Argentina and Great Britain of the party. The first four are the semi-finalists of last year. Argentina and Great Britain received a wildcard from the organization.