Jan-Lennard Struff saves Germany from falling out of the Davis Cup world group.He fought back against Joao Sousa and kept a cool head in the fifth set.
The German Davis Cup team will remain in the world group of the 16 best tennis nations for at least another year.Jan-Lennard Struff took the decisive third point in the relegation duel in Oeiras before the eyes of Chief Consultant Boris Becker for the weakened DTB selection against host Portugal.
The 27-year-old Warsteiner prevailed against Joao Sousa in the top singles after a rollercoaster ride of 3:13 hours 6:0,6:7 (3:7), 3:6,7:6 (8:6), 6:4.In the fourth set, Struff fought off a match ball with serve and volley.
Struff had won the doubles in five sets alongside Davis Cup debutant Tim Pütz (Frankfurt) on Saturday and set the course for class retention.Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Vaihingen/Enz) had won the first point on Friday.The fourth single was without significance for the outcome of the game at 3:1.
Against whom Germany will be fighting next year (2.till 4.February) in the first round, will be decided by the draw next Wednesday (20 February).September, 15:00 CEST) in London.The team of the German Tennis Federation (DTB) starts in its 14th year in 2018.Season in the world group one after the other.