This is how Germany reached the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup

Ahen the decisive match point was converted and the final victory dance was over, no one really knew how it all happened. How on earth did the German tennis players in Hamburg manage to qualify for the Davis Cup quarterfinals for the fourth time in a row? And that as early and as sensationally as possible, after two shaky victories from the first two group games and without their exceptional talent Alexander Zverev?

The word "luck" was used conspicuously after the 2-1 victories against France and Belgium, which prevented participation in the final round at the end of November Malaga secured. But nobody can have that much luck in so few games, right?

Fascinating and unpredictable

Kevin Krawietz struggled for an explanation before the final group game against Australia, but ultimately only had a vague statement of faith to offer: "We are very happy that we had the Davis Cup God on our side."

Then the doubles specialist, who got the curve twice at the last minute with colleague Tim Pütz and contributed the decisive point, sent even more vague things afterwards: "Maybe we deserved it somewhere." Maybe, somewhere - the national players didn't seem to feel happy to trust.

But maybe you have to accept it that way. There are successes that can hardly be explained: why a tennis ball lands on the line and not a few millimeters off; why a strong opponent suddenly shows weak nerves after two or three rallies; why a pro with battered confidence like Jan Lennard Struff suddenly plays bravely and wins two singles as a Zverev successor. The simplest explanation for everything is: That's tennis. So unpredictable. So fascinating.

"It was drama at the end"

The two matches that Struff won in singles and Krawietz/Pütz in doubles could all easily have ended in defeat. Struff had to fend off two match balls against the French Benjamin Bonzi, against Zizou Bergs it was just a bit less dramatic.

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