Germany overtakes Great Britain in comeback and gets the first ticket for the Davis Cup Finals 2021 in Madrid. Despite the presence of Peter Gojowczyk, unexpectedly deployed by Captain Michael Kohlmann, the German team manages to put the situation back on its feet with Jan-Lennard Struff and to secure the 2-1 final with the usual couple composed of Kevin Krewietz and Tim Puetz.
The Germans presumably await the Russia of Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev. Trivially forced to beat the Ymer brothers. To complete the picture of the quarter-finals Serbia-Kazakhstan (on the field today) with Croatia waiting from a privileged position after the success against the Italian team led by Filippo Volandri.
Gojo terribly accuses the pressure dictated by the circumstances. Needless to say, he is present without a real reason because in the challenge with the 'number two' Dan Evans, who without particular worries actually grabs the point of the momentary 1-0 for the British with a very clear 6-2 6-1 that builds in a little less sixty minutes of play.
However, the real shot was scored by Struff, who in the central part of the day broke down the resistance of Cameron Norrie. Trivially one of the hottest characters of the season. The German, who among other things hooks the tie break in extremis during the first set, after a first phase in apnea, seasoned with some unfortunate choices, manages to take control of the matter from the baseline and above all to remain lucid during the deciding set.
Emblematic 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-2 which is worth the point of parity. As with Serbia, Krawietz and Puetz are decisive. Nothing to do for the British couple composed of Joe Salisbury and Neal Skoupski. The German duo, in a challenge that as per the logic of things is played on very few points, puts their heads forward after a very complicated tie break and above all recovers five points behind in the jeu decisif of the second set.
With a 7-0 break, the Germans sit on 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5) and fly to the semifinals. On the bench the challenge with the winner of Sweden-Russia, scheduled for Saturday.
Davis Cup 2021: Russia beat Spain. Djokovic in the quarterfinals
Spain, without Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz, are unable to make it into the top eight in the Davis Cup Finals 2021.
The defeat with Russia is fatal. Despite Feliciano Lopez's historic victory against Andrey Rublev, the hosts are unable to overturn the hierarchy in Madrid's Caja Magica. Daniil Medvedev gets rid of Pablo Carreno Busta with a very rocky 6-2 7-6 (4) - topped off by a super 5-0 start and a 5-3 advantage even in the heart of the second, the double is not satisfied instead of a set, with the qualification already acquired, with Rublev and Karatsev recovering an important disadvantage and closing at 4-6 6-2 6-4 against the couple made up of Lopez and Marcel Granollers.
The Russian team will see it in the quarter-finals with Sweden and eventually in the semifinals with one between Germany and Great Britain. The Germans secure the first place in the group with the double victory against Austria, the British instead sign the 2-1 against the Czech Republic despite the defeat of Dan Evans against the very young Machac.
The Kazakhstan of Alexandr Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin also smiles. Back from 3-0 against Canada and on a collision course with Serbia. Novak Djokovic's team, beaten in the decisive double by Germany after the victory against Austria on the opening day, manages to overcome the group stage as second-second.
In the same segment of the board the match between Italy and Croatia. Cilic and his teammates, who needed a single win against Hungary to get through the round, left only the first singles on the road before closing with a very tiring doubles success.
To record the victory of Colombia against the United States. In order to secure the chance to re-enter the group of the best runners-up, the South-American team would still have needed a very clear 3-0. The 2-1 is obviously not enough.
In the first semifinal, Croatia beats Italy 2-1. Lorenzo Sonego's defeat against Borna Gojo condemns the Italian expedition to elimination. The daring success of Jannik Sinner against Marin Cilic is not enough, who among other things also serves with poor results for the match at 6-4 5-4.
The blue number one, who returns to the field with Fabio Fognini for the decisive double, does what he can. Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (the number one couple in the world) grab the success with a somato easy 6-3 6-4 and send Croatia to the semifinals. On the plate the match with the winner of the match between Serbia and Kazakhstan.