Germany DC captain Michael Kohlmann: Proud, we beat Novak Djokovic-led Serbia

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Germany DC captain Michael Kohlmann: Proud, we beat Novak Djokovic-led Serbia

Germany Davis Cup team captain Michael Kohlmann was happy with his team's run at the Davis Cup Finals and he was especially thrilled to beat the Novak Djokovic-led Serbia. Germany beat Austria and Serbia in the group stage, before beating Great Britain in the quarterfinal.

Germany's run ended in the semifnal after losing to the Daniil Medvedev-led Russia. "I mean, overall we can be very proud to be here, to get to Madrid. We had three really tough wins in Innsbruck. I think we showed strong performances there throughout the week.

Nobody actually expected us to be in the semifinals. We got through the tough group. I mean, we beat Serbia with the No. 1 of the world. We had a tough win against Great Britain," Kohlmann said. "I mean, right now I'm a little bit disappointed, but overall I think maybe in a couple days...

I'm really proud of our performance, of our development throughout the years now. First time since 14 years we are back in the semifinals. "That's not the end. I think we are ready to go couple steps further. It wasn't our time this year, but we are ready for it next year again."

Kohlmann was happy to play in Madrid

Germany played its group stage matches in Innsbruck, behind the closed doors. Germany clashed Russia in Madrid in front of a packed crowd. "Yeah, was something special. We were missing the fans.

Actually I think in Innsbruck we were missing a lot of German fans. We heard that ticket sales before the event were really good. We heard that our tie against Austria was sold out or close to sold out," Kohlmann said. "I mean, we don't know yet, but we were definitely missing.

When we saw the pictures from Turin and also here from Madrid, full capacity, full stadiums, that's always the topping, the cream on the cake. Also for the players it makes it different. "We are having a great team chemistry. We had a great time in Innsbruck. But obviously fans would make a big difference always."