The German Davis Cup team is in the quarter-finals at the first-ever final tournament in Madrid. Philip Kohlschreiber's victory was enough for the knockout round. Philipp Kohlschreiber turned the first match ball directly into the quarter-finals, Boris Becker cheered in the box: the German Davis Cup team is in the knockout stages of the new final tournament in Madrid moved in. Kohlschreiber brought the selection of the German Tennis Federation by his 6: 4, 6: 3 against Nicolas Jarry already in the first match of the day the point needed for the entry into the knockout round.
The defeat of Jan-Lennard Struff did not change that either. The Warsteiner had to defeat in his already insignificant single against Cristian Garin despite three match points with 7: 6 (7: 3), 6: 7 (7: 9), 6: 7 (8:10). The victory in the final doubles of French Open winner Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies against Garin and Jarry (7: 6, 6: 3) brought the decision. For the quarter-final qualification, he was no longer important. "We are a great team and are very happy to be in the quarter-finals," said Kohlschreiber: "We knew that we need a point, it was important, already in the first match. " On Wednesday, the team of captain Michael Kohlmann had secured by a surprising 3-0 win over Argentina the good starting position. In the previous year, the Germans had failed in the quarterfinals after the old mode to the Spaniards in the Bullring of Valencia, now it is the winner of the Group C on Friday (not before 18:00 clock) against Great Britain to superstar Andy Murray or Kazakhstan for the first semi-final since 2007. Kohl writer praises "great team" The key to the strong performances in Spain called Kohlschreiber good team spirit. "We have a monster mood and a great team over the years," said the 36-year-old. The absence of top-scorer Alexander Zverev, who had categorically ruled out his participation in the new final tournament, has not been a factor in Madrid so far. Only a few hundred spectators have gathered against Chile on the sparsely populated Court 2, much of it Chilean supporters. Mood was rarely on – no comparison to the Argentine fans on the previous day, which had provided with drums and vocals vocals for old Davis Cup atmosphere. In the quarterfinals threatens even a still grim picture: Like Germany had Britain and Kazakhstan so far none big fan support in the stadiums – and parallel on Friday evening plays host Spain with superstar Rafael Nadal in the main stadium for the semi-final. Mammutmatch for StruffKohlschreiber disturb the many empty seats but not. "We're still playing for our country," he said, "It makes no difference whether you play in front of 100 or 10,000 fans." Against the shaky Jarry, Kohlschreiber played a "near-perfect" match, he said afterwards. The Augsburger did not allow a single break-ball, however, took the serve twice from the Chilean and finished the match with his first match ball after 68 minutes. Struff had more resistance in the tiebreak thriller against Garin. In the second set, he already had a match ball unused, in the final set Struff was two more times only one point from the victory. After 2:41 hours, he then had to give up beaten.