“Being the first team in the world seems unreal,” said Germany captain Michael Coleman.
Djokovic played doubles after only a short break, but before that he was able to salvage some strength against Struve.
The 20-times champion, who failed in the ATP Finals semi-finals last week at the hands of Zverev, left no doubts from the start, taking an early lead against Struve with a fracture in both sets and allowing him to cheer after 72 minutes.
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ServusTV’s Struve said, “I made it so easy for him. That’s why I’m really disappointed. I was under a lot of pressure. He has such aura, such charisma. I definitely got nervous. I had so much planned, but she couldn’t do much.” “.
In doubles, Djokovic fought an equal fight.
Krawietz/Pütz showed great spirits and came back by 2:4 in the third set – before they used their third match point in the tiebreak.
Kupffer has strong nerves against Krajinovic
Kupfer had acted with great determination in the first singles match against Krajinovic and won a high-level match as the most aggressive player.
In the second set, the Black Forest man was already leading 4:1 and 5:3, but gave up the breakout lead twice. But Krajinovic wiggled a lot while serving. “I knew doubles would count if I won,” said Kupfer, who played under certain pressure. “It was a very important point considering the ulterior motive for Struve to play against Djokovic.”
In addition to the six group winners, the top two runners-up also qualify for the knockout round.
Germany now against Austria
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev, as an opponent of the new Davis Cup, which takes place in the last round at the end of an already bloated season since 2019, did not participate. Due to the coronavirus lockdown in Austria, the Games will be held in the Innsbruck Olympic Hall without spectators.
A group win and entry to the playoffs would be ideal, with Sunday’s win over hosts Austria.
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