Kevin Krawietz felt there was a similarity between his Davis Cup and Germany's World Cup losses. On Wednesday, Germany had a 1-0 lead over Japan. Then, Japan scored two goals to claim a shock victory over Germany. On Thursday, Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Denis Shapovalov to give Germany a 1-0 lead over Canada before Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Oscar Otte to send the tie into a decisive match.
In the decisive doubles match, Shapovalov and Pospisil recovered from a set down to beat Krawietz and Puetz 2-6 6-3 6-3.
Krawietz on exiting the Davis Cup Finals
"Yeah, very disappointed, of course. It's a tough loss for us.
But I think the whole team showed that we can compete with everybody. It doesn't matter who is playing for us. Yeah, as Michael said, Struffi played an unbelievable match. Also, Oscar played at a very good level. Yeah, like the German soccer team, they also played unbelievable for 60 minutes.
Maybe we too. Only the first set and then we cannot finish it. Yeah, it happens. Of course, very disappointing. We wanted to help the team with the second point but could not make it today. Then, yeah, they deserved to win," Krawietz said.
German captain Michael Kohlmann felt his guys "started brilliantly" the doubles match but failed to sustain the same level of play for the entire match. Also, Kohlmann said the fourth game of the second set - when Shapovalov and Pospisil claimed their first break of the match - was the key for the Canadians.
"In the doubles, they started brilliantly, I thought. The first set was unbelievable. Then we couldn't carry the momentum a little bit. I think the Canadian guys were starting to think, and a little bit negative, but at the beginning of the second set we got a break which could happen but shouldn't happen, and from that point on, I thought that the Canadians were like playing on a different level," Kohlmann said.