Hamburg (dpa) – The German tennis men move into the final tournament of the Davis Cup as undefeated group winners and meet Canada there. At the end of the home game at Hamburg’s Rothenbaum, team manager Michael Kohlmann’s team won 2-1 against Australia 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.
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 .
Jan-Lennard Struff had previously given Germany the lead, as in the wins against France and Belgium. The 32-year-old won easily 6: 1, 7: 5 against the doubles specialist Purcell. Afterwards, Oscar Otte also lost his third individual in the days of Hamburg. The 29-year-old had no chance in the 6: 7 (6: 8), 1: 6 against Thanasi Kokkinakis, especially in the second round.
Kohlschreiber said goodbye to the Davis Cup team
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 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.
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