Big footsteps: Zverev replacement Otte wants to improve
After the significant win against France, the German Davis Cup team is going into the Belgium game as favorites. Oscar Otte represents the injured number one Alexander Zverev in the DTB team.
After the exhausting opening victory of the German Davis Cup team against France tennis pro Oscar Otte started the day after well rested.
"My match wasn't too exhausting, but with all the cheering and the follow-up, the food and the treatment in the team room, I slept a long time for my standards," he told the German Press Agency after his defeat in the second Individual in the 2:1 against France.
After the Cup-Aus for the injured Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, it didn't look as if the German squad could always sleep so well during the tournament. After the loss of the top star, Otte is now the German No. 1 in the Davis Cup. And the past few months of an injury and an early exit from the US Open have not been easy for him either.
"Oscar had a very strong opponent"
Otte makes the best of it - instead of Zverev, attention is now more on the debutant. Many forget that this is Otte's premiere at a Davis Cup. "If someone had told me a year or two ago that I would play for Germany at the Davis Cup, I would have signed it straight away."
The 29-year-old was able to classify his two-set defeat against the well-disposed Frenchman Adrian Mannarino well: "I don't think I can blame myself too much. I was still missing a few percentage points." Team boss Michael Kohlmann also had his back: "Oscar had a very strong opponent. That was a difficult task for his first match in German dress."
Belgium is a seemingly easy task
At the end of August, Otte made the historically poor performance of the German tennis players in New York perfect with his first-round exit at the US Open. All the more the German craves in Hamburg on reaching the final round in Malaga in November. "I think we're a very good team anyway, so it's possible that after Sascha Zverev's cancellation, everyone grew even closer and want to show everyone," he said. With a success on Friday against Belgium (2 p.m.), the German team can buy the ticket early. The neighbors, who lost 3-0 to the Australians at the start, are supposedly an easy task. "On paper, Belgium may be inferior," said Otte. "But we all know that they also have a super good team. Above all, David Goffin is very experienced, he will probably be my opponent. You shouldn't underestimate him."
The Germans previously managed a significant victory against France, which was made perfect in doubles by Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz. Jan-Lennard Struff had previously defeated the French Benjamin Bonzi. Thus, the Germans won for the first time in 84 years against France in the most important competition of the men's national teams.