Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Germany tops Great Britain in Davis Cup thriller

   Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz came through again.
   The doubles pair won a dramatic match today to give Germany a 2-1 victory over Great Britain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Innsbruck, Austria. The match was played in isolation because of Austria's COVID lockdown.
   Krawietz and Puetz gutted out a 7-6 (10), 7-6 (5) victory over Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski after saving four set points in the first-set tiebreaker and rallying from 0-5 in the second-set tiebreaker. Krawietz and Puetz have won the deciding match in all three of Germany's ties.
   Jan-Lennard Struff set up the deciding match with a 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 win over Cameron Norrie, last month's shocking Indian Wells champion.
   Earlier toay, Daniel Evans routed Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 to give Great Britain a 1-0 lead. Gojowczyk, ranked No. 86, played in place of Dominik Koepfer, ranked No. 54.
   Germany, playing without Olympic gold medalist and ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev, will face either the Russian Tennis Federation, featuring U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev, or Sweden, with Andre Goransson (University of California, Berkeley, 2014-17), in Madrid.
   Croatia, the 2018 champion, will play either Serbia, featuring Novak Djokovic, or Kazakhstan.

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