Germany take first place in Group C of the Davis Cup final

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HAMBURG, September 18, 2022 (by Dietmar Kaspar)

Germany won 2-1 against Australia on Sunday in Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 in Hamburg to finish top of Group C.

Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt replaced both players in singles, naming Max Purcell and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Germany started with the successful composition of their victories against France and Belgium.

Struff defeats Purcell

After two group stage doubles wins alongside partner Matthew Ebden, 24-year-old Purcell made his singles debut for the Australian side. In the Players No. 2 match, the world No. 226 met Jan Lennard Struff. The 32-year-old German earned the only two breaks in the first set to take the lead. The Warstein native got the early break in the second set, but Purcell came back into the game to level the score at 5-5. With the decisive break in Game 11, Struff, 132nd, served the out to make it 6-1, 7-5 in 76 minutes.

“It was a great week for me. If you win matches, that can change a lot. It’s been a tough part of the season for me and I hope to build on that confidence for the next tournaments.” Struff said afterward. “I was injured for two months and my ranking dropped. My goal is to get as close to the top 100 as possible until the end of the year and I hope to be part of the German team in Malaga.

Otte falls to Kokkinakis

Twenty-nine-year-old German Oscar Otte, ranked No. 52 in the world, faced Kokkinakis in the match of the two highest ranked players. In a first set of one hour and 12 minutes, world number 81 Kokkinakis won the tie-break by the score of 8-6. The 26-year-old moved on, converting the only two break points in the second set to claim a 7-6(6), 6-1 win after an hour and 43 minutes.

“I am very happy with the result. It was a big first set where we both served well and scored a few points. It was very important to have the advantage to play an excellent second set. After my flu, I feel better today for the whole week, Kokkinakis told the press. “Now I’m going home and coming back to the tour in Tokyo. Then I will play some events in Europe, hopefully crowned with the double at the ATP Finals in Turin, then I will go to Malaga.

Otte, who lost all three of his singles matches in the group stage, summed up his week in Hamburg: “I had big goals this week, playing the first time in the Davis Cup, especially in my country. The team supported me incredibly after my defeats and I was hoping for the victory today, but it was not It’s always a dream for me to score for Germany and I’m sure my next chance will come.

Krawietz/Puetz still undefeated

After their two victories in the decisive matches against France and Belgium, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat defending Wimbledon doubles champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. The German duo, who have not lost a Davis Cup doubles match, converted two of their four break point chances without losing a service game to win 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 23 minutes.

“We were very happy a few days ago to have achieved the main objective of qualifying for Malaga, but we wanted to win today as much as the Australians. Today’s victory is the icing on the cake for ‘a fantastic week for our team’, Putz said.

Germany will face Canada in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 in Malaga from November 22-27.

“We are ready,” Germany team captain Michael Kohlmann said. “This week has shown that it doesn’t matter who is in the team, anyone can be on top, be part of the team and get the points we need.

“I’ve lost count but I believe it’s the seventh time Kevin and Tim have done the job with the draw at 1-1 which is pretty incredible. They deserve a lot of credit.

“I’m already looking forward to facing Canada in the quarter-finals. Canada are a strong team, but I believe anyone who is on the German team has a good chance.

Sunday’s results

Germany – Australia 2-1

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) – Max Purcell (AUS) 6-1, 7-5

Oscar Otte (GER) – Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-7 (6), 1-6

Kevin Krawietz/Tim Puetz (GER) – Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell (AUS) 6-4, 6-4

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