Fed Cup 2019
Can Barty end Australia’s 45-year Fed Cup drought?
Australia vs France Key Stats
- Australia played France six times in the history of the Fed Cup, with a 5-1 record.
- Australia lost the most recent showdown in 2002 2-1 in a tie.
- Australia have lost their past eight Fed Cup finals.
- Ash Barty will lead this year’s team, with Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic, captained by Alicia Molik.
- France has been to the Fed Cup final five times previously with a 2-3 record.
- Australia has won the Fed Cup seven times
- France has won the Fed Cup twice, in 1997 and 2003.
France 🇫🇷 head into this weekend looking to secure their first Fed Cup title since 2️⃣0️⃣0️⃣3️⃣
Throw 🔙 to the start of their campaign, a fine 3️⃣-1️⃣ victory over Belgium to send the two-time winners into their 4️⃣th Fed Cup semi-final in 5️⃣ years👏#FedCup #TousEnsemBleu pic.twitter.com/04JMBPaNhU
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) November 6, 2019
Ash Barty will be looking to secure Australia’s first Federations Cup triumph since 1974. Barty stands to become the first player in the history of the Fed Cup to play and win every possible match in a victorious Fed Cup campaign.
If she is able to walk away with a victory here she will become the first player in the history of the competition to go a perfect 9-0 in one calendar year.
Australia 🇦🇺 will be aiming for an 8️⃣th title when they make their 1️⃣8️⃣th appearance in a Fed Cup Final this weekend!
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) November 5, 2019
Australia have only clinched victories against the USA and Belarus in the fifth and final rubbers.
“To have a Fed Cup final at home is very rare and very precious and we can’t wait to get stuck in,” Barty said.
“After Wimbledon this year, I was chatting to my team and I said to them I wanted to target the last two weeks of the season and we’ve been able to do part of that here in Shenzhen and there’s certainly some unfinished business.
“There’s a massive week of tennis ahead. It’s been a goal and a dream of mine to try and be in a Fed Cup final and to finish off the perfect year in the most perfect fashion playing for Australia in the green and gold is going to be remarkable.”
Barty insists she still has enough in the tank for two singles matches and the doubles.
“I know that we’ll do all the right things over the coming days to make sure that my body’s ready, my mind’s ready,” she said.
“But it’s certainly not going to be a hard thing to get ready for.”
Road to the Final
Australia defeated USA in the quarter-finals 3-2. Barty and partner Priscilla Hon won the decisive finals doubles rubber 6-4 7-5 against America’s Danielle Collins and Nicole Melichar.
Australia defeated Belarus in the semi-finals 3-2. Barty and Sam Stosur won the decisive, final doubles rubber 7-5 3-6 6-2 to put Australia in the final.
France defeated Belgium in the quarter-finals 3-1.
France defeated Romania in the semi-finals 3-2.
ATP Finals 2019
Eight contenders will be vying for glory at London’s O2.
Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini
With his Paris title Djokovic moves to 640 points of Nadal. He will have the opportunity to equal Federer’s record of six titles at the ATP Finals. On 16 Grand Slam singles titles, he is four short of Federer and three behind Nadal.
Djokovic covers ground well, putting up an impenetrable wall at the back of the court. The Serb makes full use of his incredible flexibility by stretching every sinew and occasionally sliding into the splits to return the ball.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Berrettini is the first Italian player to qualify for ATP Finals in singles since Corrado Barazzutti in 1978. Less than seven months ago, Berrettini was not even ranked in the world’s top 50. But in only his second full year on tour, the 23-year-old from Rome had a late spring/summer surge that garnered him two ATP Tour titles and a spectacular run to the semifinals of the United States Open. There, he beat Monfils in a fifth-set tiebreaker in the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal.
Roger Federer vs Dominic Thiem
Roger Federer will be seeking his record-extending 7th season-ending crown. His first since 2011 where he holds a 57-15 record. The Swiss legend won his 10th title in Halle and Basel to move to 103 career titles at age 38. He missed Paris which means he will be fresh in London.
It will be Dominic Thiem’s fourth appearance at the ATP Finals where he is yet to make it out of the group stage. Thiem landed the biggest title of his career at Indian Wells. Thiem’s form in deciding sets has been perfect recently. In his past four tournaments, he has taken two titles, the China Open and Erste Bank Open, and has won all six matches he has played that have gone to a deciding third set.
Daniil Medvedev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 23-year-old Russian Daniil Medvedev has had an outstanding year. From a 59-18 record including two Masters 1000 titles to winning 29 of 32 matches as he arrived in Paris, Medvedev will be making a maiden appearance at the season-ending event.
Tsitsipas hit his latest milestone after 160 matches (100-60) on Tour, which is a faster rate than everyone in the Top 10 besides Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Tsitsipas will be making his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals but should be confident seeing he has wins over The Big 3 this year.
Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev
Rafael Nadal is back atop the ATP rankings for the eighth time. He returns to No. 1 despite pulling out of last week’s Paris Indoors due to an abdominal injury he sustained during warmups. However, concerns were eased when he returned to training in London. Nadal has won 19 career Grand Slam titles, including two this year at the French Open and the U.S. Open.
On the other side of the net, Alexander Zverev will be looking to defend his Nitto ATP Finals title this November. The defending champ won 8 of ten sets last year. There has been a lack of highlights to Zverev’s year compared to 2018, but he has to redeem his season by winning in the capital again.