Marin Čilić will be hoping to win the Davis Cup with Croatia ©Getty Images

The Davis Cup Finals heads into the knockout rounds tomorrow, with hosts Spain and 2021 runners-up Croatia among the eight quarter-finalists.

Competition is set to get underway tomorrow in Málaga, starting with Australia against The Netherlands.

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt is the team captain for the Australians, and will rely lie on the work of Alex de Minaur, who has won eight of his last nine singles matches.

Jordan Thompson and Thanasi Kokkinakis are also in the team.

Kokkinakis will be without his Australian Open-winning doubles partner Nick Kyrgios, who continues to be "unavailable" for the tournament.

Without Kyrgios present, the Dutch will aim to take advantage in the doubles through their specialist Wesley Koolhof, while singles hopes lie with Botic van de Zandschulp.

The winner of this tie is to play the winner of Spain versus Croatia.

The hosts will not have world number one singles player Carlos Alcaraz, who remains injured.

Spain still have world number 13 Pablo Carreño Busta and 21st-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut, backed up by Albert Ramos-Vinolas, ranked 39th.

Marcel Granollers is the nation's best doubles player.

Croatia lost the 2021 final to the Russian Tennis Federation, who this year are banned because of the war in Ukraine.

Marin Čilić and Borna Corić look capable of matching the Spaniards in the singles, while two of the best doubles players in the world - Mate Pavić and Nikola Mektić - show Croatia have a well-rounded squad.

Taylor Fritz is in good form heading into the business end of the Davis Cup ©Getty Images
Taylor Fritz is in good form heading into the business end of the Davis Cup ©Getty Images

Taylor Fritz is the highest-ranked American, coming off the back of a successful run to the semi-finals of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Finals.

He is joined on the United States team by top-35 players Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul, while doubles player Jack Sock adds experience in both disciplines.

Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti are the top names for Italy, currently ranked just inside and just outside the top 20 in the singles.

Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini also in Italy's squad set to face the Americans, while doubles experience comes from Simone Bolelli.

Winners of that tie will play either Germany or Canada in the semi-finals.

Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz will likely be Germany's most important players as doubles experts against the inexperienced Canadians, with their best singles star being 67th-ranked Oscar Otte.

Canada will rely on the strength of their singles players, including world number six Felix Auger-Aliassime and 18th-ranked Denis Shapovalov.

The final is scheduled for Sunday (November 27).