25.11.2021 – 18:38
DTB – German Tennis Association eV
Davis Cup Finals 2021 in Innsbruck – two days before the first group game against Serbia, the German Davis Cup national team is full of confidence. In a virtual press conference on Thursday afternoon, Captain Michael Kohlmann and his team – Jan-Lennard Struff, Dominik Koepfer, Peter Gojowczyk, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Pütz – answered questions from the journalists.
Kohlmann has not yet determined who will be part of the team in the opening game against Serbia on Saturday. “Up to now, we have always managed to announce the line-up shortly before the game or the draw,” said Kohlmann. “In this new Davis Cup format, we don’t even have to name the players an hour before the game starts – that makes it special. We haven’t really made up our minds yet, everyone is in a good mood, so we got our points against both Serbia and Austria can get. “
It is generally expected that the very experienced Jan-Lennard Struff will play in the top game on Saturday against world number one Novak Djokovic. The 31-year-old is representing the German colors at the Davis Cup for the eleventh time. When asked about his previous record of six defeats in six matches against the Serbs, the Warsteiner said: “Two days ago I spoke to Sascha Zverev on the phone and picked up a few tips. Of course I won’t divulge them, but I hope that there will be something good about it was – it sounded very good anyway. You go to every match to win it. Davis Cup is something special, playing for Germany anyway and it will definitely be a decent match. “
Struff has prepared optimally for the Davis Cup games over the past few weeks, always with a view to the Australian Open in Melbourne at the beginning of January: “I worked out a plan with my team, sometimes not playing for a few days, doing fitness instead, then trained harder again. Towards the event it got even more intense and the training days here have all been very good so far. “
Peter Gojowczyk also thinks he has a good chance of playing on Saturday. It was seven years ago in 2014 when he was able to beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sentences in Nancy and made German Davis Cup history. Now the man from Munich is looking forward to his comeback: “It’s a new format for me and I’m very happy that I’m here. As Jan-Lennard has already said – the team spirit is incredibly good and we can get started.”
The matches against Serbia (Saturday, November 27th) and Austria (Sunday, November 28th) will not begin before 4 p.m. and will be broadcast live by Servus TV.
Original content by: DTB – Deutscher Tennis Bund eV, transmitted by news aktuell