The German Davis Cup team won the duel with France in the intermediate round. The decision was made in the doubles.
In the decisive doubles match, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz won against the French Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech in an exciting match 6:2, 3:6, 7:6 (7:1). Thus, the two tennis professionals ensured the 2:1 on Wednesday in Hamburg. The Germans had not won against France in the Davis Cup since 1938.
Jan-Lennard Struff had put the German Davis Cup team in the lead at the start of the group phase against France. The native of Warstein defeated Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6:4, 2:6, 7:5 after defending two match points in Hamburg. Struff, who is currently only 132nd in the world rankings, thus gave Germany a 1-0 lead on Wednesday at the Rothenbaum tennis stadium.
“It was a crazy match with many ups and downs. For me it’s the biggest thing to win for Germany and to get the 1-0 lead here,” the 32-year-old said after the 2:14-hour match.
Struff shows fighting spirit in the third set
With strong volleys and good positional play, the native of Sauerland won the first set against Bonzi. However, he lacked all these strengths afterward and only came back into the match in the third set under the eyes of the injured Olympic champion Alexander Zverev. There, he wrestled the world number 53 down with great fighting spirit and took the overall deserved victory.
Otte without a mission in 80 minutes
Oscar Otte ranked 52nd in the world, then met Adrian Mannarino, ranked five places higher, in the second singles match – and had to accept the 1-1 draw. The Cologne player lost to Adrian Mannarino 4:6, 3:6 and never found his game at Rothenbaum.