Birthday boy Boris Becker feverishly cheered in the box and cheered loudly, with the gift from the German Davis Cup team, it still did not work. On the 52nd birthday of the tennis icon Germany has missed in Madrid the first semi-final draw in twelve years. The team of captain Michael Kohlmann lost in the quarterfinals against Great Britain, who competed in the two decisive singles without his star player Andy Murray.
Philipp Kohlschreiber, previously unbeaten in the tournament, was defeated by Kyle Edmund 3: 6, 5: 7. Thus, the march route for top player Jan-Lennard Struff was clear: losing was prohibited against Daniel Evans. However, the Warsteiner had to defeat after a big fight 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3, 6: 7 (2: 7) and thus sealed the German off before the final doubles of the French Open winner Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies.The British fight at the new final tournament on Saturday either against hosts Spain to Rafael Nadal or Argentina for the final to the final. Russia and Canada face each other in the other semi-final. In the previous year Germany was still in the old mode also failed in the quarterfinals in the Bullring of Valencia to Spain.Briten unbeatable without Andy MurrayBut on Thursday Kohlmann had given his players a clear order for the birthday of Beckers, the team in Madrid in his Supported function as boss of the German Herrentennis. "I think that's reason enough for all the guys to not just get 100 percent hooked in, but maybe a little more." However, German hopes suffered a direct hit. Britain's captain Leon Smith surprisingly trusted Edmund in the first singles match of two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray (32) – and that decision paid off. Against the world ranking 69. At the beginning of the second round Edmunds service wobbled for the first time, Kohlschreiber returned bravely and went 3: 1 in the lead. Edmund countered immediately and equalized, he took advantage of another weakness Kohlschreiber 5: 5 for the pre-decisive break. After 1:22 hours, the Brit turned his first Matchball.Zwar remained on Friday evening in the second largest stadium of the plant many places empty – a large group of British fans prepared the German team outward atmosphere. Unimpressed struff struff with the snappy Evans initially a duel at eye level. After Evans' break to 4: 5 the 29-year-old came back directly, but in the tiebreak the Briton proved the better nerves.Struff pulls in the Tibreak-Lrimi the shorter truff braced himself vehemently against the impending Aus. He used his first breakball of the second set to 4: 3 and also won the following two games and thus the set. In the decisive round, a nervous game developed – even Becker kept it in the German box no longer in his seat. Again, the tiebreak had to decide – after 2:21 hours again with the better end for Evans.