"Atmosphere unbelievable": German team defeats France
A German Davis Cup team had to wait almost 84 years for a win against France. In the intermediate round of the competition in Hamburg, the doubles Kevin Krawietz/Tim Pütz ensured a success.
Tennis star Alexander Zverev, who had an injured foot, couldn't keep his seat either. With the 25-year-old as a spectator, the German Davis Cup team won for the first time since 1938 France - after the double it was 2:1.
First, Jan-Lennard Struff won in a match worth seeing against Benjamin Bonzi. Oscar Otte then lost the second game, but in doubles we were worried Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz with the 6:2, 3:6, 7:6 (7:1) against Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech for the success celebrated by the Hamburg audience. "84 years is a long time not to win. It was very happy in the end," said team captain Michael Kohlmann.
A strong sign for the competition
After the shock of the failure of Zverev the German team sent a strong signal to the competition at the start of the group finals. "We stuck with it, we had good support here in the stadium," said Pütz, "but there was a bit of luck today." Doubles partner Krawietz praised: "In the end, the atmosphere was unbelievable."
Otte had missed the chance of an early victory for the German Davis Cup team in the opening game of the group phase. The 29-year-old lost to Adrian Mannarino 4: 6 and 3: 6.
Jan Lennard Struff had put the German in the lead at the start. Born in Warsteiner, he defeated Bonzi 6: 4, 2: 6, 7: 5 after defending against two match balls. "It was a crazy match with lots of ups and downs. For me, the biggest thing is to win for Germany and get a 1-0 lead here," said the 32-year-old after the 2:14 hour match. "Maybe it was the home advantage that decided here today."
With strong volleys and good positional play, the Sauerland native won the first set against Bonzi. After a period of weakness, he came back into the game in the third set. There he wrestled world No. 53 with great fighting spirit and took the overall deserved success. Zverev followed the start of the German team from the spectator area.