World No. 51 Jan-Lennard Struff said he was very happy with the way he played against Great Britain's Cameron Norrie at the Davis Cup Finals as he has a high opinion of the Briton. After Peter Gojowczyk lost to Dan Evans in the opening rubber of the Germany and Great Britain quarterfinal tie, Struff was in a must-win situation if he wanted to keep Germany alive.
Struff delivered as he pulled off a surprise 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-2 win over world No. 12 Norrie to force a decisive rubber. “I’m very happy with the way I played today. Cameron Norrie is a very tough competitor, who is fighting very hard,” said Struff after the win, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“The court is very bouncy and his spin-balls are very hard to play. The victory is very important for us now, one-all”.
Norrie kept Germany alive
In the opening rubber of the tie, Evans destroyed Gojowczyk 6-2 6-1.
“For me, it was just a matter of keeping going. I was never thinking about the scoreline, it was all about the next point,” said Evans. “It wasn’t his best match by any stretch, but I think I contributed a lot to that.
I took on his second serve early, I made him hit the double faults. I’m not stupid, I knew he hadn’t played Davis Cup for a little while and I used that to my advantage. “I have played myself into some really good form in that match.
It will give me a lot of confidence if we move forward and get a chance to get to play in Madrid”. Gojowczyk tried to explain what led to his disastrous performance versus Evans. “It was everything mentally,” said Gojowczyk.
“I was not sleeping so well because I was a little bit nervous and tight. You play for Germany, you play for your country, it’s always something special. “My last match for Germany was 2014 and maybe it was a little bit of a long time to play for Germany. It was just mental thing and I was nervous. I could not find any rhythm from the baseline or even on the serve”.