The Davis Cup Finals are back this year in a whole new format, hot on the heels of the ATP Finals as the second epic calendar-ending men's tennis event.

That's not all though, as this year also marks Andy Murray's long-awaited return to international tennis after a year that's seen him work his way back into top-level tournaments - could we see Murray vs Nadal once again?

Here's what you need to know about the new Davis Cup format, when the matches are, and how to watch the tennis live, either online or on TV.

When are the Davis Cup Finals?

The tournament starts on Monday 18 November and runs until Sunday 24 November 2019.

Where is it held this year?

The 2019 tournament is taking place at the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain.

What's the new format?

This year the Davis Cup is adopting a similar format to the ATP Finals, but with teams.

The 18 participating countries have been split into six groups of three. The teams within each group will play each other in best-of-three series consisting of two singles matches and one doubles, playing all three matches on the same day.

That round robin section lasts for four days, at the end of which the team with the most points in each group advances to the quarter-finals. In addition, the top two scoring second-place teams from across the groups will also advance, leaving eight teams in total.

Those eight then play against each other in a series of matches in a standard quarter-final, semi-final, final format to crown a final winner.

Davis Cup Finals groups

  • Group A: France, Japan, Serbia
  • Group B: Croatia, Russia, Spain
  • Group C: Argentina, Chile, Germany
  • Group D: Belgium, Colombia, Australia
  • Group E: Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Great Britain
  • Group F: Italy, Canada, United States

Davis Cup Finals match schedule

Note: all of the times below are for the UK

Group stage

Monday 18th November

Afternoon session from 3:00pm

Croatia v Russia

Belgium v Colombia

Italy v Canada

Tuesday 19th November

Morning session from 10:00am

France v Japan

Argentina v Chile

Kazakhstan v Netherlands

Afternoon session from 5:00pm

Spain v Russia

Australia v Colombia

USA v Canada

Wednesday 20th November

Morning session from 10:00am

Serbia v Japan

Argentina v Germany

Great Britain v Netherlands

Afternoon session from 5:00pm

Croatia v Spain

Belgium v Australia

USA v Italy

Thursday 21st November

Morning session from 10:00am

France v Serbia

Germany v Chile

Great Britain v Kazakhstan

Quarter-finals

Thursday 21st November

TBC

Friday 22nd November

TBC

Semi-finals

Saturday 23rd November

TBC

Final

Sunday 24th November

TBC

How to watch and stream live in the UK

Eurosport 1 is the official UK broadcaster for the Davis Cup final this year, which you can watch either on TV or on the Eurosport website or app.

You'll need to be a subscriber though, with prices from £6.99 per month or £39.99 for a year. Eurosport is also available as part of Sky TV's Entertainment package - ideal if you're already a subscriber or are tempted by one of its Black Friday offers.

Here's the UK TV schedule::

Monday 18th November: 3:00pm – 9:00pm
Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd November: 10:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday 24th November: 3:00pm – 9:00pm

The other option is to watch online with a subscription to the official Davis Cup online player (which also lets you watch the women's Fed Cup). That'll cost you €4.99 to watch a single tie, €7.99 for a round, or €39.99 to watch every Davis Cup and Fed Cup match over the next 12 months.

How to watch and stream live in the US

Fox Sports is the official broadcaster in the US, so that will probably be the easiest way to watch along live, whether on TV or streaming from Fox's online player. Remember that matches will take place in Spain, so most of the tennis will take place in the morning in the US.

Alternatively you can watch online with a subscription to the official Davis Cup online player (which also lets you watch the women's Fed Cup). That'll cost you €4.99 to watch a single tie, €7.99 for a round, or €39.99 to watch every Davis Cup and Fed Cup match over the next 12 months.