Erst Koepfer, Dann Struff: DTB
Dominik Keeper has taken the German tennis gentlemen in the Davis Cup against Serbia. In Innsbruck, the 27-year-old Black Forests on Saturday with 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4 against Filip Krajinovic. Thus, Keeper fought the first of two necessary points for the targeted preliminary round win.
Keeper began convincing against Krajinovic. The World Rank List-54. Always attacked the second surcharge of the twelve places in front of him Krajinovic and went early with a break to 2: 1 in the lead. With its impact loss to the 3: 3, however, everything was offset again. Only the Tiebreak decided on the first sentence, after 62 minutes the German box was allowed to cheer. Spectators are not allowed for the Corona Lockdown in Austria in the Olympia Hall. Also in the second sentence, Keeper was the more aggressive player. Although he met the Serbs after a meantime 4: 1 and 5: 3 lead, but used his second match ball after 1:59 hours.
Troughs sensation stays out
Single won, double lost: Novak Djokovic. Imago Images / GPA Pictures
Jan-Lennard Stuff then lost as expected against Novak Djokovic, who successfully presented his 50th match in Davis Cup. The Salamander had to be beaten to the world ranking in 73 minutes with 2: 6, 4: 6 and made it clear to ensure premature success in favor of the German team with a coup. After two games of this preliminary round encounter of the Nations Competition, it is 1: 1.
Thus, the double with Kevin Gleiwitz and Tim Putz decided on the overall victory. The Serbs then changed their double at short notice: Instead of the originally planned Krajinovic, Djokovic Nikola Acid was placed on the side. The double had it then: Gleiwitz / Putz caught the better start and gained the sentence one in Tiebreak, but the Serbs picked up two with 6: 3, ERGO was in the decisive third parties.
And this passage was also decided only in Tiebreak, after the German double has caught up a 2: 4 and repeated two break balls at the stand of 5: 6 — and in this the Germans had the better end for themselves. Gleiwitz / Putz won the match at the end with 7: 6 (7: 5), 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) and secured Germany so the 2: 1 victory in the preliminary round.
On Sunday (not 16 o'clock / serves), the Germans deny their second group match against host Austria, who had lost 0: 3 against Serbia at the start with 0: 3, and then with a victory, the entry into the K.-O. Round clear. Top Player Alexander Zeal renounced his participation in Nations Competition.