Tennis: Davis Cup team boss: Canada "a Herculean task"


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Davis Cup team boss: Canada "a Herculean task"

"We proved that we can win against big teams", says Davis Cup team manager Michael Kohlmann.  Photo: Frank M

"We have proven that we can win against big teams," says Davis Cup team manager Michael Kohlmann. photo

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After the sovereign group phase in the Davis Cup, team boss Michael Kohlmann sees a big challenge in quarter-final opponents Canada.

After the sovereign group phase in the Davis Cup, the team boss sees Michael Kohlman in quarter-final opponent Canada a big challenge.

"They have two world-class players in Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime," said the 48-year-old. "It's definitely a Herculean task when they're at their best. But we don't have to hide. We've shown that we can win against big teams." Also, he doesn't believe that Canada line up with the best squad. Germany will face the North Americans in the Final 8 in Malaga on November 24th.

the group stage in Hamburg, the German tennis men had mastered unbeaten even without their star Alexander Zverev, who had injured his foot. They will probably have to do without the 25-year-old in Spain as well. "Sascha has had a few visits to the doctor, but the exact therapy instructions are probably not there yet. He has to rest now," said Kohlmann. Zverev himself spoke of a downtime of several weeks, so that the final tournament of the Davis Cup is likely to come too early.

Kohlmann also advocated a rule change for the draw. This year it was already clear before the group phase which opponents you would meet if you were successful. "You definitely have to stop that. Several nations have already said that and I think that has arrived at the ITF," said Kohlmann. The draw for the quarter-finals should only be made when all teams have been determined.

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