SYDNEY (AB) – German tennis players around Alexander Sverre will advance to the semifinals of the ATP Cup. John-Lenard Struff and Sverev had already secured a 2-1 win over the United States in Sydney after a 2-1 draw in the second group match.
Two days after the start of the match against Great Britain, Struff first defeated the strong John Isner 7: 6 (9: 7), 4: 6, 7: 5. Sverev then won a 6: 4, 6: 4 win over Taylor Fritz and made it impossible to capture a 2-0 draw in the final service game with a sixth match point.
In the end Kevin Kravitz and Tim Butts lost 0: 6, 3: 6 to Fritz and Isner in the doubles and put up a long disappointing performance. For Pütz, it was his first use in a team match after hand problems, for him Zverev jumped against the English – but did not win.
Zverev: Glad to have reached the semifinals
Despite the difficulties against Fritz, Sverev was ultimately satisfied with his performance overall. “I’m glad you gave us the chance to go to the semifinals,” said the world number three. The 24-year-old missed three matches in a row against the Fritz, and a smashed pass through the middle through the second serve finally marks the end of the sixth chance one and a half hours later.
Earlier, Struff had escaped Isner’s 31 aces with a height of 2.08 meters. Warsteiner used his third match point for the 36-year-old Service’s first win against Isner. “It’s always tough against John. I’ve played against him four times, lost four times. That’s why I’m so happy to have won for my team,” said Struff, 31.
The German team had to get its first win after the opening defeat against Great Britain, to get a chance to beat the team in season C. Only the top four finishers will qualify for the semifinals. The last German opponent is Canada, who will meet the British early on January 6th. In addition to its own success in the end, the German choice also depends on the slip of Great Britain.
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