The German tennis professionals walk in Davis Cup on the footsteps of Boris Becker and Michael Stick. The first final deduction for 28 years is the goal in Madrid.
Kevin Gleiwitz messed up on the roll field with Dominik Keeper, and Peter Gojowczyk even put a small dance in the check-in hall of the Innsbruck airport. With huge euphoria, the German Davis Cup heroes left their Tyrolean winter wonderland on Wednesday morning, to continue their furious mission under the sun's sun — because in addition to a lot of good moods they also had big dreams in their luggage.
We all said that we want to go to Madrid. We reached the goal, said Jan-Lennard Stuff not without pride, but then added research: It's time to set new goals, we want to win the semi-finals. It was the most glamorous times of German tennis with Boris Becker and Michael Stick, as last suited.
Twice it was Becker (1988, 1989), who led a selection of the German Tennis federal (DUB) to win the ugliest salad bowl of the world, once stitch (1993). But since then, the DUB itself is waiting for a final feeder in the Davis Cup — on Saturday, this 28-year-old durst track will find an end.
We are pleased to be among the best four nations in the world and now giving full throttle in Madrid again, said Gleiwitz after the thriller in Innsbruck against Great Britain, at his successful exit he had immense share in the reconcilable double with Tim Putz. And of course, this wonderful journey against the strong Russian team or Sweden, which will only face on Thursday evening in the quarterfinals.
That will be certainly a pretty tricky task, said Captain Michael Kuhlmann: But the way we presented ourselves here, I am good things that we can calculate opportunities. The euphoria in the German team, who had not even grown in the preliminary round of Grand Slam record champion Novak Djokovic, is huge, and Becker feverish enthusiastically. Incredibly men !!!, wrote the tennis icon on Instagram.
Incredible team performance — even without Zeal
For a long time after the nerve-wracking 2: 1 against the favored British, the German players celebrated with coaches and carers on the Court and made memorial photos on a memorable match. It was an incredible team performance, said the two-time French-open winner Gleiwitz, and thus raised the great strength: without the Olympic champion Alexander Zeal, who can not give nothing to the new Davis Cup format and prefer to leave the Maldives, is The team of the star.
We have an incredible mood from the first day, from the doctor to Physio, from coal to the co-coach, said Gleiwitz, who was quickly agreeing with Putz and Stuff with the question of the desired opponent for the semifinals. Sweden, the unanimous opinion, after all, the Russians offered the numbers two and five in the world in US Open Champion Daniel Mercedes and Andrew Ruble.
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But if the German Davis Cup players in Innsbruck have impressively proven one thing, then these: Even before great names, they do not need to hide with their closeness.