One of the most interesting first round ties of this year’s Davis Cup is going to see the weakened Spanish team trying to fend off the Canadian charge, which is going to be led by the world’s number fifteen, Milos Raonic.

Event: Spain vs Canada

Marcel Granollers

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Selection: Spain

Best Odds: 2.51 @ Pinnacle

With the match taking place over in Canada, it would be easy to say that the Canadians should be able to get past Spain and make it through to the second round. And yes, I guess they should. However, things are rarely that simple when it comes to the Davis Cup and it is clear that the Spaniards are going to try everything in order to win this tie.

Their line-up might look a bit weak at first glance, especially if you consider the fact that this tie is going to be played on a hard court, but it nevertheless has enough quality to put Canada to a real test. Marcel Granollers can play really well in both singles and doubles, while you can never underestimate Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Albert Ramos.

Milos Raonic might be the best player of the tie, but he is also the only hope the Canadian team has. Without him, they would be done and dusted. Yes, Daniel Nestor can play well when it comes to the doubles, but Vasek Pospisil and Frank Dancevic are well below the standards the Spaniards are going to bring to the table.

Since all matches are going to be played in the longer format of the game, there certainly might be a chance of seeing the Spaniards sneak through this match-up. Milos Raonic is still a bit suspect fitness-wise these days and he is also going to be under tremendous pressure, so I do not believe that it would be wise to expect the Canadians to just cruise through to the second round.