The German Tennis Men sniff at the Davis Cup in Innsbruck at the great surprise against Mitfavorit Serbia.
Although Jan-Lennard Stuff (War stein) lost against Grand Slam record champion Novak Djokovic with 2: 6, 4: 6, and conceded the seventh defeat in the seventh duel with the world ranking. In the final double on Saturday evening, however, Kevin Gleiwitz / Tim Putz (Coburg / Frankfurt) can make the starting victory perfect.
By Dominik Keeper, the selection of the German Tennis federal (DUB) went to leadership, the 27-year-old from Furtwangler defeated in the first single Filip Krajinovic with 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4. At a victory over Serbia, the team of Captain Michael Kuhlmann would have shiny outlook on the quarter-finals, in the second group match against host Austria on Sunday (not before 16.00 o’clock / serves) she is clearly favored.
In addition to the six group winners, the two best two-placed people qualify for the K.O. Round. Olympic champion Alexander Zeal waives as an opponent of the new Davis Cup, who has taken place since 2019 in a final round at the end of a seamed season, which has already been established anyway. Due to the Corona-Lockdown in Austria, the lots in the Innsbruck er Olympiahalle take place without viewers.
In the six previous games against Djokovic, Stuff had only won one sentence, most recently, the Olympic Games in Tokyo set a clear defeat. And also on Saturday, the 20-color Major winner, who had failed at Zeal in the semi-finals at the ATP Finals last week, did not pay any doubts from the start. Despite an increase and a good fighting performance Troughs in the second sentence, the Serbian Top star cheered after 72 minutes.
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Keeper had previously acted against Krajinovic, whom he had beaten with his Wimbledon debut in 2019, previously with great determination and earns the victory in a match at a high level as a more aggressive player. In the second set, the Black Forest already led to 4: 1 and 5: 3, but gave the Break lead from the hand twice. But Krajinovic then wobbled at the premium too much.