The German tennis men move into the final tournament of the Davis Cup as undefeated group winners and meet Canada there.
Guaranteed points for the DTB team: Jan-Lennard Struff.
At the end of the home game at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum, team boss Michael Kohlmann’s team won 2-1 against Australia on Sunday and thus celebrated their third win in their third encounter.
Germany will play the Canadians in the quarter-finals in Málaga on November 24th. If they win, the next opponents would be the USA or Italy in the semifinals. In the previous year, the DTB selection had reached the semi-finals. It is unclear whether Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, who has an injured foot, can be there in Málaga.
Everything as always: Struff wins, Otte loses
The decisive point in Hamburg was once again won by the doubles Kevin Krawietz/Tim Pütz with a 6:4, 6:4 against the Wimbledon winners Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell. The German duo remained undefeated in the eighth game of the Davis Cup.
Oscar Otte had previously lost his third individual for the German tennis team. The 29-year-old lost to Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7 (6-8), 1-6 on Sunday, allowing Australia to equalize in the final group game. Previously, Jan-Lennard Struff had asserted himself confidently against Max Purcell. In the duel between the previously unbeaten nations, Struff won 6: 1, 7: 5 against Australian Max Purcell on Sunday.
Two and a half months after the end of his career, Philipp Kohlschreiber was dismissed from the Davis Cup team by the German Tennis Association (DTB). DTB President Dietloff von Arnim presented the 38-year-old with a photo collage of his appearances for Germany on Sunday in Hamburg, and Kohlschreiber was also honored with a compilation of his successes on the video wall of the Center Court at Rothenbaum. “It was a huge journey that I was able to experience. I experienced the most emotional moments in the Davis Cup. I was lucky enough to have played quite well there,” said Kohlschreiber.
The Augsburger ended his career at the end of June after qualifying for Wimbledon. “In total you were nominated 22 times for the Davis Cup. You are one of the players who have played for Germany most often,” said von Arnim. Kohlschreiber has earned nearly $14 million in prize money and won eight tournaments over the 21 years of his career. In the world rankings, position 16 in July 2012 was his best result.