Davis Cup: successful double Krawietz/Pütz: Undefeated without a voodoo whistle

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Success double Krawietz/Pütz: undefeated without a voodoo whistle

Still undefeated in the Davis Cup: Tim Pütz (l) and Kevin Krawietz cheer.  Photo: Frank Molter/dpa

Still undefeated in the Davis Cup: Tim Pütz (l) and Kevin Krawietz cheer. photo

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When the going gets tough, you can rely on Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz. The German double is still unbeaten in the Davis Cup and also gets the decisive point in Hamburg.

It has nothing to do with a mystical cult. “There is no secret recipe. It’s not like we smoke the voodoo pipe together and therefore win all the time,” says tennis pro Tim Puetz.

And yet it is the 34-year-old at the side of Kevin Krawietz once again managed to lead the German Davis Cup team to victory. And the narrow and by no means easy on the nerves success against Belgium at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum was not just any old one. After all, the German tennis men qualified early for the final tournament at the end of November without their injured star Alexander Zverev.

They don’t know how to lose

Krawietz/Pütz have played seven times in the Davis Cup commonality. They don’t know how to lose. And of course you want to know: What’s the reason? “We’re being asked that more and more,” reports Pütz. “I almost wish we would lose one day so that it would stop.” And on the train there was an oath: “If we play 100 more times together, we’ll lose. I promise.”

From the point of view of captain Michael Kohlmann, the simply unavoidable defeat should probably happen in a less important match. This undoubtedly includes the last group game on Sunday against the Australians, who also qualified for the final tournament. It’s a little more relaxed now, says Pütz. However, his congenial partner Krawietz emphasizes: “We play in front of a home crowd here in Germany and will give everything again. After all, it’s still about winning the group.” Winning is always a nicer feeling than losing.

Maybe an advantage of not being first

Maybe it would be on Sunday but tactically smarter not to leave the pitch as a winner. Because as the first in group C, Germany would meet the second in group B. There are currently many indications that this could be Spain with world number one Carlos Alcaraz. And then the final tournament will also take place in Malaga. On the other hand, as second in the group, Germany would have to deal with the winners of Group D, i.e. the USA or the Netherlands, in the quarter-finals. At first glance, this is easier to read.

Krawietz cannot completely ignore this aspect either. “Maybe being first is an advantage. Maybe not,” said the 30-year-old. If Canada beats Serbia in Valencia on Saturday evening, it is clear that Spain can only come second and thus become a potential German opponent. And the Group D winners are already known as the USA meet the Netherlands.

Krawietz and Pütz can look at it in peace on their day off. And maybe spend the time getting to the bottom of the secret of their success. Pütz still has an explanation: “We are two good players, the basic requirement is there. We get along well. Maybe it also helps that we don’t play together on the tour, that it’s always something fresh.”


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