- France beat Canada 5-0 in the previous round, and none of their players dropped a set in live play. This is the seventh year in a row that France have made it to the quarter-finals stage, and they are the bookies favourites to win the competition as a whole. Their opponents, the Czech Republic, were the champions in 2013, and beat Germany 3-2 to remain in with a chance of repeating that success.
- Italy faced Switzerland in the previous round, and emerged victorious with a sweeping 5-0 victory. The nation has made it to the finals seven times in total, and won the competition once, back in 1976. They now face Argentina, who have reached the finals on four occasions but have not yet done better than finishing in second place. Argentina beat Poland 3-2 to get here, and will be looking to go further.
- Great Britain are the current Davis Cup World Champion team, but their 2015 victory came after a dry spell of 79 years, and they won’t have Andy Murray on board for the quarter-finals stage, so a repeat of that success is no certainty. They beat Japan 3-1 in the previous round, and will now take on the might of Serbia, who come here on the back of a 3-2 victory over Kazakhstan, and who have past winning form, having landed the title in 2010.
- The USA are the most prolific winners of this competition, having lifted the trophy on no fewer than 32 occasions. They beat Australia 3-1 in the previous round, and their quarter-final opponents are Croatia, who previously beat Belgium 3-2 and have won this competition just once, in 2005.
The status of France as favourites to win the completion is very well deserved, and it would be a big shock if they were to lose to the Czech Republic at this stage.
Italy’s 5-0 victory over Switzerland in the previous round was impressive, and whilst we doubt that things will be quite so easy against an Argentina side featuring the fit-again Juan Martin del Potro, we do expect to see them go further.
Great Britain will miss Andy Murray, but they still have what it takes to go further in this competition, and will be keen to try and pull off back-to-back wins. Serbia won’t be a walkover, however, and will be just as keen to follow up their success of six years ago even though world no.1 Novak Djokovic won't be present.
The USA know exactly how to win this competition, and their past successes make them a safe bet to beat Croatia and make it through to the semi-finals.
- Sports.net’s Top Tip: A treble on:
France to beat the Czech Republic at 1/3
USA to beat Croatia at 2/5
Great Britain to beat Serbia at 4/7
1.93/1 at Ladbrokes
*Please note that odds may fluctuate.