ZIt’s twelve levels Celsius outdoors, rain is pouring down on the roof of the stadium, and the wind is blowing from the aspect: what higher circumstances to play tennis than at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum on Friday. In the top, the German internationals ignored the inclement climate as they made the journey to sunny Málaga for the ultimate spherical of the Davis Cup.
At the top of an extended day at Davis Cup, all the workforce, aside from Kevin Kravitz and Tim Puetz, who scored the decisive level in a 2-1 win over Belgium, took off their hoodies or placed on a heat scarf and gave away their presents. free to his triumphant emotions.
After a second win in the second group sport, the collection of the German Tennis Association (DTB) secured the second place, which supplies them the fitting to take part in the quarter-finals. On Sunday, he performs the unbeaten Aussies to high the group (2pm on Servus TV and DAZN). The placement will determine which opponent DTB will face in the final eight spherical in Malaga on the finish of November. At finest, Alexander Zverev shall be there once more, having solely been allowed to bat in the workforce field in Hamburg as a result of bone swelling in his proper leg.
What Zverev noticed on Friday was the identical as in opposition to France two days earlier: Jan Lennard-Struff hit the primary level, Oscar Otte needed to concede an equalizer and Kravitz and Pütz lastly determined the worldwide match. With a rating of 4: 6, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5) in opposition to Sander Gil / Joran Vliegen, Coburg and Frankfurt remained unbeaten in their seventh Davis Cup assembly.
The choice in favor of the house workforce may simply have been determined in one match, however Otte conceded two match factors in opposition to the Belgian high participant David Goffin. In the top, he needed to admit defeat with the rating of 6:3, 6:7 (7:9), 3:6. In the primary singles match of the day, Struff defeated younger Belgian Zizu Bergs 6:4 and seven:6 (11:9).
Just like two days in the past in opposition to France, Struff led his workforce to success. This Davis Cup victory was particular for Warsteiner because it was the second time this 12 months that he gained two matches in a row in the identical event. The German quantity two needed to get used to the out of doors circumstances in opposition to Belgium’s Berger, who has much more possibilities than the world quantity 134.
“The balls have been gradual as a result of it was chilly,” Struff defined afterward, so he misplaced his first two service video games. With Bergs additionally unable to function quick as ordinary, Struff dominated and finally took the primary set with a volley.
After that, tougher work started, the German confronted sturdy Bergs and break and set factors, however at all times managed to get out of hassle. In the third match, Struff took benefit of a Belgian error. “In the top it was drama and I used to be fortunate,” the 32-year-old mentioned.
Otte was not fortunate in the second match of the Davis Cup. Unlike his poor debut two days in the past, he knew methods to enhance in opposition to Goffin and was the strongest participant for lengthy stretches. But in essential conditions, the 29-year-old from Cologne was too inexperienced in opposition to the Belgian veteran, who was ranked seventh in the world in 2018. He would not have an excessive amount of accountable, Otto mentioned, trying again at his match factors: “It’s at all times been mentioned that one level can determine the entire match – that is the way it was right now.”
It was comparable in the doubles competitors. A lack of serve was sufficient, and Kravitz/Pütz misplaced the primary set. The second spherical went easily, after shedding 2:5 in the tie-break in the final set, they scored 5 factors in a row and proved their invincibility once more. Then it was on to the soiled climate of Hamburg for the moist and comfortable workforce.