Get up-to-date with all the key stats for this week's Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, which see Serbia take on Argentina in Belgrade and Spain face France in Cordoba.
- These are the semifinals to get into the 99th Davis Cup Final. The competition began in 1900.
- In total, 121 teams have participated in this year’s Davis Cup, the same number that played last year
- Serbia are the reigning Davis Cup champions and last year was their first appearance in the final.
- Argentina have never won the Davis Cup but have finished as runners-up three times.
- France are joint third in the all-time list of Champions, having won the Davis Cup nine times, most recently in 2001, and have been runners-up seven times, including last year when they lost to Serbia in the final.
- Spain have dominated the Davis Cup in recent times, having been crowned champions four times in the last 10 years, and finished runners-up once.
- The semifinals are comprised of the top four nations in the Davis Cup rankings.
SERBIA v ARGENTINA
- This is only the second meeting between these two nations, with Serbia (playing as Yugoslavia) emerging as victors of their previous encounter 5-0, meaning that Argentina are yet to win a rubber against Serbia.
- That previous meeting was also in Serbia, which doesn’t bode well for Argentina, who have only won seven away ties out of 18 since 2000.
- Serbia are ranked 2nd behind Spain whereas Argentina are in 4th place behind France but could leapfrog them if they win and France lose.
- This semifinal will be played in the Belgrade Arena in Belgrade.
- Serbia played every home tie of their successful 2010 campaign at the Belgrade Arena but have not played there so far this year.
- Serbia have won all seven home ties since becoming an independent nation.
- Serbia are bidding to progress to their second consecutive final.
- Serbia are currently on a seven-tie winning streak, going back to the World Group first round against Spain in 2009.
- Serbia won the Davis Cup in their first final appearance, a hard-fought victory over France (another of this year’s semifinalists), and will be looking to maintain their 100% record in finals.
- Amidst Serbia’s ranks is world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has only lost two singles matches all year.
- This is Argentina’s second consecutive semifinal and they will be aiming to get through to their fourth final, but do not have a good record of being there, having lost all three previous finals.
- Argentina have a blend of youth and experience with Davis Cup stalwart David Nalbandian and former world No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro heading what should be a formidable line-up.
- Argentina do not hold a good record in World Group semifinals, having won only three of the nine they have played in. They have lost all six semifinals they have played away from home.
SPAIN v FRANCE
- These two have faced off on seven occasions and Spain hold the advantage, having won five of their previous match-ups
- France, however, won the last clash in a whitewash in last year’s quarterfinal as they made their way to the final.
- Spain are currently the top ranked nation in the Davis Cup, France have risen to third this year
- This semifinal will be held in the Plaza de Toros de los Califas, in Cordoba, Spain.
- This is Spain’s first home tie of the 2011 campaign.
- Spain have not lost a home tie since April 1999 and have never lost in a Plaza de Toros.
- Spain will be looking to progress to their sixth final since 2000, and their eighth overall.
- All of Spain’s players are ranked in the Top 30 in singles. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal leads the way.
- France will be looking for a victory to take them through to their 17th Davis Cup Final and their second consecutive appearance in the last two.
- France have a plethora of top players to choose from with four players in the Top 15 in the world, as well as a Top 10 doubles player.
- France have a good record in Davis Cup semifinals, having won seven of their last 10 outings.