Germany defeats Belgium in tennis


ZTwelve degrees Celsius outside temperature, the rain is pattering on the tent roof of the stadium, the wind is blowing in from the sides: there are better conditions for playing tennis than those that prevailed on Friday at Rothenbaum in Hamburg. In the end, the German internationals didn’t care about the bad weather, as they had qualified for a sportingly attractive trip to sunny Málaga for the Davis Cup final round.

The whole team except Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz, who again scored the decisive point in the 2-1 victory over Belgium in the second group game, took off their hoods at the end of a long Davis Cup day or put down the warm towel and let their triumphant feelings run free .

After the second win in the second group game, the selection of the German Tennis Association (DTB) secured second place, which entitles them to participate in the quarter-finals. On Sunday she will play against the also undefeated Australians to win the group (2 p.m. on Servus TV and DAZN). The placement decides which opponent the DTB team will meet in the round of the last eight teams in Málaga at the end of November. In the best case, Alexander Zverev will be there again, who in Hamburg was only allowed to bang and cheer in the team box because of bone edema in his right foot.

What Zverev saw on Friday, the same as the game two days earlier against France: Jan Lennard-Struff scored the first point, Oscar Otte had to accept the compensation, in the end Krawietz and Pütz decided the international match. With the 4: 6, 6: 2, 7: 6 (7: 5) against Sander Gille / Joran Vliegen, the Coburg and Frankfurt team remained unbeaten in their seventh Davis Cup appearance together.



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