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Tim Pütz as a support in tennis doubles

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BIt doesn’t count, and pessimism would only be interpreted as a weakness: So the members of the German Davis Cup team emphasized before the semi-finals this Saturday (1 p.m. on Servus TV) against Russia at every opportunity that they have a real chance to move into the final. Realistically, that only applies if the players of team boss Michael Kohlmann somehow manage to get the final double played.

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This requires a point in the two items. However, that Jan-Lennard Struff (No. 51 in the world) defeats world number two Medvedev is just as unlikely as a victory for Dominik Köpfer (54) over world number five Rublev. In the group matches against Serbia and Austria and in the quarter-finals against Great Britain, once Köpfer and twice Struff won the points. In all three matches, the doubles Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz completed to win the match. “I would almost say that doubles are the strongest point in the German team,” said Boris Becker at the beginning of the week. Not a bold statement given the results and performance.

The 30-year-old from Coburg and the 34-year-old from Frankfurt are 14th and 18th in the double world rankings. They didn’t fight for positions together, but with different partners. They only played together at the Olympics in Tokyo, where they were eliminated in the round of 16. The shared experience was important insofar as the two of them, like the rest of the German team, were crammed together in a small apartment in the Olympic Village, which turned out to be an excellent team building measure.

The fact that Krawietz and Pütz get along exceptionally well cannot be taken for granted, because it was Krawietz who interrupted Pütz’s Davis Cup career, which began out of nowhere in 2017. Team boss Kohlmann came to the Frankfurt team as a surprise to end the then notorious double weakness of the German selection. The only reference from Pütz, whose tennis career had been inconspicuous up until then: he played a successful Bundesliga double for Aachen with Struff.

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