Alexander Zrevev beats Nick Kyrgios to give Germany first round Davis Cup win
Alexander Zverev has powered Germany by to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group, beating Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 within the first reverse singles Sunday.
Germany went into Sunday’s play main 2-1 after a doubles win Saturday. The closing singles match between Australia’s Alex de Minaur and Jan-Lennard Struff was not performed, giving Germany a 3-1 win.
“It’s an amazing feeling, hopefully this is just the beginning for us,” the fifth-ranked Zverev stated.
German captain Michael Kolhmann agreed.
“Against a really strong Australian team it makes us really confident,” he stated. “We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players. We showed that we are able to go further than this.”
Germany will play both Britain or Spain within the quarterfinals from April 6-8.
No. 14-ranked Kyrgios seemed pissed off from the beginning of the match on arduous courts at Pat Rafter Arena, and required a second-set medical timeout to obtain remedy on his proper arm.
Kyrgios was clearly restricted forward of the second-set tiebreak, incomes a degree penalty to path 4-Zero after slamming his racket into the bottom following one other unforced error _ he made 34 within the match.
“My biggest weapon (serve) was not really there and that affects the rest of my game,” he stated.
Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt stated the scoreline wasn’t indicative of the closeness of the tie.
“It’s obviously frustrating. Two of those five-set losses could have gone either way (but) that’s Davis Cup tennis,” Hewitt stated. “You have two quality teams going at it. Sometimes that’s how it falls.”
On Saturday, Tim Puetz and late call-up Struff gave Germany its 2-1 lead, beating Matt Ebden and John Peers 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
On Friday, Zverev gave Germany a 1-Zero lead with a 7-5, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over de Minaur earlier than Kyrgios leveled for Australia with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Struff. Australia will contest September’s World Group playoffs.