The Blues beaten by Germany in the Davis Cup

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The Blues beaten by Germany in the Davis Cup

Exactly like Adrian Mannarino earlier in the day, which was to cancel the inaugural defeat of Benjamin Bonzi, Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech had no room for error, in the double which pitted them against Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puntz. Despite many chances in the third set, the French failed to offer victory to the French team.

Beaten 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (1), in 2h13, they especially paid dearly for a start to the meeting redacted by lack of automatisms and confidence. After letting two break points pass in the second game, they in fact gave up their serve in turn, facing a German pair on the contrary solid and hard-hitting. Trailing 5-1 after 27 minutes, they then dismissed three set points but yielded on the fourth (6-2 in 35 minutes). Their weakness in service (only 47% of points won on first serves) then seemed prohibitive.

It is also by tightening the screw in the service that they put a foot back in the game. Before making their return quality speak in the eighth game of the second inning. This first break (5-3) gave them wings. And weakened Krawietz, suddenly far from his guns of the first set. The German cracked completely at 1 everywhere in the third set by missing an unmissable forehand penalty. But, at 3-1, the French did not know how to hold their advantage. They then let slip two break points in the seventh game, then three in the ninth. Their chances had passed. In the tie-break that had become inevitable, the Germans flew over the debates, notably slamming two decisive winning returns (3-0). Mass was said.

Here is the France team with their backs to the wall, before facing Australia on Thursday at 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Lleyton Hewitt’s men beat Belgium 3-0. For the French, who must finish in the top two of Group C to qualify for the finals, defeat is now almost forbidden.


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