Struff Secures Germany’s Spot In Davis Cup Finals Group Stage

Jan-Lennard Struff (photo: David Balogh/Getty Images for ITF)


With victories from Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz in doubles, as well as Jan-Lennard Struff in singles, Germany has won the Davis Cup Qualifiers tie against Hungary in Tatabanya with a score of 3-2 and books its spot in the Group Stage of the Davis Cup Finals.

In the third singles rubber of the tie, Struff secured the decisive win on Saturday afternoon. Following a change in the Hungarian team, the 33-year-old faced Mate Valkusz instead of the initially scheduled Fabian Marozsan. Struff emerged victorious, winning 6-3, 6-2.

“Against Hungary and with 6,500 spectators in the arena, we had a tough away game. Dominik, Kevin, and Tim played outstandingly. That inspires you a bit. My serving percentage and capitalizing on break chances were not so good yesterday, but I improved that significantly today. That’s why I am very happy,” said Struff.

Earlier, Krawietz and Puetz opened the tennis action in Hungary with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Marozsan and Valkusz.

“Our doubles have often been our backbone. With a good first set, the two provided calmness in the arena. The doubles win gave Struffi momentum for his match,” Germany’s team captain Michael Kohlmann said.

“I am happy, and we are excited to be back in the Group Stage. I firmly believe that we belong there. Now let’s see what the draw brings.”