SCheers to say how far the door to the semi-finals for the German team at the final round of the new Davis Cup Friday night in Madrid was open. But as far as it was, the opponents beat them with a loud bang quite determined. With defeats of Philipp Kohlschreiber against Kyle Edmund (3: 6, 5: 7) and Jan-Lennard Struff against Dan Evans (6: 7, 6: 3, 6: 7), the victory of the British in the quarterfinals after the two singles firmly. The English are now in the semi-finals against the winner of the match Spain against Argentina, for the Germans, the tennis year 2019 is over.
The most famous man of the British was not on the field, but sat with the rest of the team in the front row in the stands. Andy Murray had decided after a very difficult victory in the first game this week against a Dutchman from the world ranking 179, he was in much too weak form, the others should play. This worked in the last match of the preliminary round against Kazakhstan, and that was relied on the other two, saw you in the quarterfinals against Germany.
In both singles, the British were more dynamic, fresher and more consistent this evening in front of about 1,500 spectators. Kyle Edmund put pressure on Philipp Kohlschreiber right from the beginning, who obviously made an effort, but found no secure position. In the two victories against the Argentine Guido Pella and against Nicolas Jarry from Chile, he solved most of the tasks, this time he did not succeed, and also a 3-1 lead in the second set was not enough. Edmund, on the other hand, who had a rather mediocre year in tournaments on the ATP Tour, remained faithful to his straight line until the end, winning 6: 3, 7: 5.
Tears with the Serbs
That left the load on Jan-Lennard Struff, who also landed in a game with too many ups and downs. Dan Evans, number 42 in the world rankings, seven places behind Struff, played as well as he did on his best days; He looked snappy, risked a lot and played clever and was rewarded in many cases. Captain Michael Kohlmann fired his man again and again, even from the background of the German bank came support, but Evans simply could not crack.
Russians and Canadians will play in the first semi-final this Saturday. After the victory of the decisive doubles Karen Katschanow and Andrej Rublew against Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, the Serbs reacted in dismay and with tears. All of them wanted Janko Tipsarevic, who is now finishing his career, to finish the day with a grand finale, but it does not come to that.
Tipsarevic had the last word saying that some of the boys in his team apologized, but there was no need to apologize. "None of them ever let me down in 20 years; they are like brothers to me, and I thank them for accompanying me on the journey. "That's exactly what can happen in team competitions.