Davis Cup: The UK hopes to hold off a vengeance mission from Germany

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Source: Skysports

Great Britain will attempt to win the Davis Cup by holding off a vengeful Germany team and reaching the semi-finals.

Two years ago, at the same stage of the inaugural finals week in Madrid, Britain overcame Germany before losing a close match to eventual champions Spain.

Here, the United Kingdom and Germany have had the displeasure of playing behind closed doors in Innsbruck and will compete on Tuesday to return to the Spanish capital for the tournament’s culmination this weekend.

For more than a decade, Leon Smith has led the British squad, keeping many of the same backroom staff in place, and they have welcomed the task of establishing their own culture.

“I can tell you that I adore the guys here,” Smith remarked. “It isn’t just the players and me who are affected. The support staff is simply outstanding. You couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people, and everyone goes above and beyond.

“I won’t name them because I’m afraid they’ll be embarrassed, but they take care of everything for us. They do it with cheerful expressions on their faces. It makes everyone feel like they’re a part of it.

“In the evening, we’re in the team room. We’re fortunate in that we have a variety of activities to participate in, such as games. We spend time with one other because we like being in each other’s presence. That has been the case for a long time. May it continue for a long time.”

“Now we have our chance to avenge ourselves against the British,” Germany captain Michael Kohlmann stated. Great Britain has a fantastic team, in my opinion. In preparation, we practised with them here. Leon is a fantastic individual. The tie is something I’m really looking forward to.

“There’s a chance we’ll make it to the semi-finals.” That is our objective. But it’ll be wonderful to play them twice in the quarter-finals so we can see if we’ve improved.”

Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans are ranked 12 and 25 in the world, respectively, compared to Jan-Lennard Struff and Dominik Koepfer, who is ranked 51 and 54.

If it comes down to doubles, both countries have some of the finest players in the world, with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski representing Britain and Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz representing Germany.

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