Five-sentence thriller: Struff and Pütz secure next victory
In the Davis Cup Jan-Lennard Struff and Tim Pütz win the doubles for Germany. However, both have to go the full distance before they can succeed.
The German Davis Cup team took the lead in Brisbane against Australia with a 2:1 lead, a win away from entering the quarter-finals. In the doubles on Saturday Tim Pütz and Jan-Lennard Struff beat John Peers and Matthew Ebden after 3:17 hours 6:4,6:7 (1:7), 6:2,6:7 (4:7), 6:4.
In the final singles match on Sunday (from 3.00 a. m.) Germany has two chances to make the success perfect. World number five Alexander Zverev owns the first one in the top singles against Nick Kyrgios. The Hamburg player had already secured the first German point on Friday. Struff then lost to Kyrgios in three sets.
If Zverev loses, the final decision will be made in the last singles, for which Struff and 18-year-old Alex de Minaur are nominated. However, both team chiefs have the possibility to change over until shortly before the start of the match. Peter Gojowczyk could replace Struff.
Together with Pütz, however, the Warsteiner showed a class performance on Saturday, and Struff had already shone in the semi-finals at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The superior German duo could have defeated the Australians more clearly, but missed a set ball in the second round and played two weak tiebreaks.
Already during the relegation in Portugal in September, Pütz and Struff had laid the foundation for the class retention with a five-set win in doubles. In Brisbane, they raised hopes for the first German opening victory in the Davis Cup in four years. In the quarter-finals (6. till 8. April) would go to either Spain or Great Britain for the DTB selection.