Germany Returns To Davis Cup Semi-Finals

Team Germany (photo: DTB/Paul Zimmer)

INNSBRUCK/STARNBERG, November 30, 2021

Germany has advanced to the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2007. The team of captain Michael Kohlmann edged past Great Britain 2-1 on Tuesday evening in Innsbruck, Austria.

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz completed Germany’s comeback, defeating Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 7-6(10), 7-6(5) to secure the tie.

The Germans rallied from 5-0 down in the tie-break of the second set, reeling off seven points in a row to end Great Britain’s run and seal their spot in the last four after two hours and two minutes.

“I think just great persistency. I thought it was pretty high level, playing point by point, and here we are,” said Puetz.

“I am super happy that we’re going to Madrid. The box was unbelievably loud – it pushed us a lot and super happy to make it to the semi-finals,” Krawietz added.

The duo also won the decisive doubles rubbers in their Group F ties against Serbia and Austria to secure Germany’s spot in the quarterfinals.

Evans too strong for Gojowczyk

Earlier in the day, Daniel Evans cruised past Peter Gojowczyk 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles rubber. It took just 55 minutes to wrap up victory for the 31-year-old Englishman and give Great Britain a 1-0 lead, with Evans making just three unforced errors compared to 16 from the German.

“I didn’t play great the other day and decided to stay cross court a lot of the match and give myself a big opportunity,” said Evans.

“I worked hard and that was the story of the match – make him take the ball down the line.

“Probably the best tennis I played all year- I didn’t feel good this morning. I saw Peter warming up and going into the food area – I had an idea [he would be playing].

“It’s difficult – I don’t want to say it should be changed but I think something could be done about changing the team the hour before, because it’s not the best preparation.”

Struff rallies past Norrie

Jan-Lennard Struff leveled the tie for Germany, fighting past Cameron Norrie 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2. The World No. 51 from Warstein struck nine aces and won 72 per cent of his first-service points to prevail after two hours and two minutes.

“I’m very happy the way I played today, Cam Norrie is a very tough competitor, who is fighting very hard. The court is very bouncy and his spin-balls are very hard to play,” said Struff.

“The victory is very important for us now, one-all.

“It’s tough – I had the feeling I had to put the pressure on him – I made it today.”

Kohlmann leads Germany’s campaign

Kohlmann, a former Top 30 player in doubles, said on reaching the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time as captain: “It’s great, it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“This campaign we started in 2020 in Dusseldorf and we were thinking that’s a tough group to go through.

“We had super team chemistry. We had a tough loss today and on Sunday and this team is capable of getting over these unexpected things.”

Germany head to Madrid for a Saturday semi-final. They will take on either the Russian Tennis Federation or Sweden. Great Britain will play the qualifying round for the 2022 Davis Cup next March.