Double (t) holds better: Tim Pütz (left) and Kevin Krawietz secured the semi-finals of the German team in the Davis Cup
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The German tennis professionals have reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time in 14 years.
The selection of the German Tennis Federation (DTB) won in the quarter-finals in Innsbruck 2: 1 against Great Britain, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz scored the decisive point in doubles with a 7: 6 (12:10), 7: 6 (7: 5) against Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski.
They caught up with a 5-0 deficit in the tie-break of the second set.
After Peter Gojowzyk had lost to Daniel Evans as a substitute for Dominik Koepfer at the start, Struff prevented the premature end before the double with a 7: 6 (8: 6), 3: 6, 6: 2 against the world number 12 Cameron Norrie.
After the successful times with Boris Becker, it is only the second semi-final for the German tennis men, the last one being in 2007.
No Zverev in the Davis Cup
The jump among the best four nations in the changed mode is also highly creditable because world-class player Alexander Zverev is not at the start.
The 24-year-old is not in the mood for the new format and decided against participating in the ATP Finals after winning the tournament.
The Germans are now traveling to Madrid and will meet the strong Russians or outsiders Swedes on Saturday (1 p.m., TV: ServusTV).
The opponent will be determined on Thursday.
Germany has won the most important team competition in men's tennis three times (1988, 1989, 1993), two years ago in Madrid the British were still too strong in the quarter-finals.
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