The 2015 Davis Cup has been narrowed down to the Elite Eight. Quarterfinal action in the World Group stage begins Friday. At press time, France is the narrow favorite to win the title at 11/4, ahead of Serbia (3/1), Canada (4/1) and Australia (5/1). France reached the finals last year before losing to Switzerland, who’s already been eliminated from this year’s competition.
The talented French team of Gilles Simon, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Nicolas Mahut will face Great Britain (Andy Murray, James Ward, Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot) in the quarterfinals at Queen’s Club in London. The Brits are 8/1 to win their first Davis Cup since 1936; Andy Murray is the superstar of the group. Australia’s John Peers reached this year’s men’s doubles final at Wimbledon paired with Andy Murray’s brother, Jamie Murray.
Serbia’s road to glory goes through Buenos Aires, where Argentina (8/1) is lying in wait. This should be a fairly close matchup between Serbia (Viktor Troicki, Dusan Lajovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic) and the Argentines (Leonardo Mayer, Diego Schwartzman, Federico Delbonis and Carlos Berlocq). Tipsarevic, the former World’s No. 9, is struggling to rebuild his game after missing 17 months to a foot injury.