German tennis players missed the semi-finals of the Davis Cup. National coach Michael Kohlmann’s team lost to Canada despite strong resistance.
The German Davis Cup team has missed the surprise blow against Canada and must continue to look forward to their first title since 1993 in the prestigious international competition. Team principal Michael Kohlmann’s team lost 2-1 to favorite Canadians in Malaga on Friday night.
Kevin Krawietz/Tim Pütz, previously undefeated in the Davis Cup, lost in the decisive doubles. In the first game of the evening, Jan-Lennard Struff put the Germans ahead, while Oscar Otte missed his first win for black-red-gold.
Germany’s first defeat after 15 wins for doubles
Without the injured Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, the conspiracy team occasionally put up a big fight in front of about 7,500 spectators. Considering the impressive silver Davis Cup trophy, Germany’s hope of a fourth Davis Cup title after 1988, 1989 and 1993 remained a dream. Particularly bitter: For Germany’s doubles, a terrific streak broke down in 6:2, 3:6, 3:6 shortly after midnight after 15 consecutive wins.
Kohlmann had announced something “extraordinary” for the team event in the Andalusian seaside town, and he shouldn’t be disappointed at first. The “sensational team dynamics” so often referenced over the past few days have unleashed the extra power hoped for, at least for Struff. Even before the first rally, Warsteiner and his teammates formed a circle arm-in-arm and prepared for the possible surprise blow.
Struff: “The fit makes it special”
Struff started the match with a 5:3 record in a direct comparison against Denis Shapovalov. Otte with the feeling that Felix Auger-Aliassime is on the verge of defeat in October. Struff shouldn’t disappoint against one of his favorite opponents.
As with September’s successes, Warsteiner outdid himself in the Davis Cup. The 32-year-old, whose season was marred by a foot injury for two months, defeated Shapovalov 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) in a tennis thriller. “Our team spirit makes playing for Germany very special. That motivates me even more,” said Struff, after delivering a match ball at 5:3 in the decision set and then at 5:4.
Strong match without happy ending
Otte also played one of the best matches since his knee surgery against Auger-Aliassime in the heat of the summer. The high-flying Canadian over the past few weeks has caused much more trouble than many predicted, in 6:7 (1:7), 4:6.
In the end, it was a strong German performance with no happy ending.
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