Germany Davis Cup team captain Michael Kohlmann admitted a lot of pressure fell of the Germany team after they secured a hard-fought win over Great Britain to reach the semifinal at the Davis Cup Finals. Germany edged out Great Britain in a thriller quarterfinal tie as Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 7-6 (10) 7-6 (5) in the decisive rubber.
For the first time since 2007 Germany is back in the Davis Cup semifinal. “I think you could see that after the match point a lot of pressure fell off,” said Germany captain Kohlmann, per the Davis Cup Finals website.
“I am super happy. I mean, last time we reached the semi-finals was 2007, and that year I played. “This team is much better than it was at that time, so I think they deserved it. I am extremely happy and extremely proud”.
Krawietz, Puetz and Struff secured victory for Germany
Krawietz and Puetz were 5-0 down in the second set tie-break before winning seven consecutive points. "Honestly, I don’t know how we pulled that back from 0-5,” said Krawietz.
“It’s tough, of course, to start the second tiebreak with 0-5, but we just said, ‘point by point’ then maybe we have a chance in this tiebreak. “Then we served twice and we were 2-5. We said, ‘okay, let’s try to make one point out of two.
Then we turned it around. It’s a crazy game at times”. Germany was down after Peter Gojowczyk lost to Dan in the opening rubber but Jan-Lennard Struff surprised Cameron Norrie in the following rubber 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. “The court is very bouncy and his spin-balls are very hard to play. The victory is very important for us now, one-all."