Germany qualified for the semi-finals of the Davis Cup this Tuesday evening in Innsbruck, thanks to their duo Kevin Krawietz / Tim Pütz who won with difficulty in the decisive double against Joe Salisbury / Neal Skupski ( 7-6 , 7-6 ).
After the victory of the Briton Daniel Evans (25th in the world) against the German Peter Gojowczyk (6-2, 6-1), then the German equalizer by Jan-Lennard Struff (51st) at the expense of Cameron Norrie (12th) ( 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2), it was up to the doubles teams to decide on qualification.
These two duos had been decisive in the group stage to allow their teams to finish at the top of their respective group. Krawietz and Pütz were again to enter the last four.
Duel of servers
In the first round, the servers were intractable (a single break point, in favor of the Germans which would have allowed them to win the set at 6-5) until the tie-break where Krawietz committed a double fault allowing the British to lead 5 points to 4 with two serves to follow. They offered two set points, but the Germans saved them and came back to 6-6.
The British then obtained two more set points in this decisive game without succeeding in concluding, while the Germans materialized their second after 1:05. Bis repeated in the second set where the servers were never endangered this time. Not a single break point until the decisive game. The British came off 5 points to 0 in a tie-break that seemed one-sided. But the Germans scored 7 points in a row to win the match and the match.
Serbia – Kazakhstan Wednesday, Russia – Sweden Thursday
Great Britain and Germany had already faced each other in the quarterfinals in the last edition of the Davis Cup, in 2019, and the British won 2-0 by winning both singles. Germany, deprived of Alexander Zverev, will face Russia or Sweden on Saturday in Madrid for a place in the final.