Behind them Serbia finished second with one win and one defeat, Austria followed without a win in third place.
The world number 54. Koepfer, on the other hand, did not get into the match at all against Rodionov, who was 85 places lower, and found no rhythm, he made the first set in just 26 minutes.
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Koepfer acted much too insecure and flawed, the five years younger Rodionov only offered weaknesses from the middle of the second round – Koepfer was only allowed to believe in a comeback for a short time despite two set balls.
Struff brings Germany the balance
Struff, who went into the second individual against Novak as the clear favorite, did better. “The match was pretty tough, there was a bit of pressure on me,” said the German number one: “But I think I handled it very well.”
The 31-year-old played his class against world number 118. and it only took 73 minutes to bring Germany back together.
Struff used his first match point with an ace.
Krawietz and Pütz make the quarter-finals clear
Krawietz / Pütz started dominantly and made a dream start against Marach / Oswald. After just nine minutes, the German doubles led 3-0.
The foundation stone for winning the first set, which the two Germans confidently wrapped up after 40 minutes.
In the second set, Marach and Oswald got along better, but in the seventh game, Krawietz and Pütz made the break to make it 4: 3. The preliminary decision. Shortly afterwards, Germany served the game home.
“I’m very relieved, a lot of pressure had built up,” said Pütz: “But we handled it well.” Captain Michael Kohlmann was “proud that we got through this difficult group”.
Against Austria, which competes without the long-injured star player Dominic Thiem, Germany continues to have a flawless record in the Davis Cup.
Germany in the quarterfinals against Great Britain
All five previous matches and now the comparison in Innsbruck went to the German Tennis Association (DTB), which this year has to do without Olympic champion Alexander Zverev.
Germany will get it on Tuesday (from 4 p.m. in the live ticker at Eurosport.de) to do with Britain. Two years ago in Madrid the quarter-finals against the British were the last stop. “I want revenge,” said Kohlmann confidently.
The team around Cameron Norrie, Daniel Evans and the doubles specialists Joe Salisbury / Neal Skupski prevailed after two successes against France and the Czech Republic in Group C, which also played in Innsbruck.
Davis Cup – Quarter Finals:
Mo., 29. November in Turin: Italien – Croatian
Tuesday, November 30th in Innsbruck: Great Britain – Germany
Wed., December 1st in Madrid: Serbia – Kazakhstan
Thursday, December 2nd in Madrid: RTF – Sweden
Semi-finals on 3rd / 4th December in Madrid, final on December 5th in Madrid
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