The German Davis Cup team just missed the semi-finals. After an optimal start, the team of national coach Michael Kohlmann was still at a disadvantage against Canada.
Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz (right) lost out to the Canadian doubles.
Jan-Lennard Struff initially opened the door to the semifinals for the German Davis Cup team. The 32-year-old Warsteiner managed against the world number 18. Shapovalov’s somewhat surprising lead to 1-0 against co-favorite Canada. Struff prevailed with a consistent performance in Malaga 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2).
Struff lives up to his role as a points provider
Struff had won all three of his singles in the group phase in Hamburg and was a guarantee for entering the knockout phase. In the match against Shapovalov (ATP-18th), he went with a 5:3 balance, but after a difficult season overall and with his current world ranking position 152, he was an outsider.
However, there was little sign of that from the start, Struff was in immediately and secured the first set with strong service and an almost flawless performance. In the second round Shapovalov improved and dominated especially after his strong first serve. Struff was not deterred by the setback and in the end brought the match home safely with the third match ball.
Otte in the tie-break without a chance
Oscar Otte (Cologne) thus had the chance in the second individual against world number six Felix Auger-Aliassime to secure the semi-finals for the team of national coach Michael Kohlmann, who competed without top player Alexander Zverev, as in the previous year. However, the 29-year-old lost to “FAA” in two sets 6:7 (1:7), 4:6, which allowed the North Americans to equalize.
As a result, the still undefeated doubles Kevin Krawietz/Tim Pütz (Coburg/Frankfurt) was challenged in the decisive duel. Opponents in the semifinals would have been the Italians, who had previously beaten the USA 2-1. The last German triumph in the Davis Cup was in 1993.
Pospisil/Shapovalov seal German end
Germany will also return home from Malaga without a title in 2022 – and after the first set everything still looked like the semi-finals. Against Shapovalov/Vasek Pospisil, the German duo clearly went 6:2 out of the first set, but the Canadians dominated the second set. And the North Americans also came up trumps in the final set, which was to decide who would progress. Krawietz/Pütz didn’t get their serve through when the score was 1-1 and as a result didn’t have a real chance to get back into the game in a single return game. In the end it was 6:2, 3:6, 3:6 from the German point of view.
The German Davis Cup team thus missed out on repeating last year’s semi-finals without the best German player Zverev.
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