Debutants Mies and Krawietz make it 3-0 for Germany over Argentina
Roland-Garros doubles champions Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies won the longest tie-break in Davis Cup history (by points), in which they saved six match points against Argentine duo Leonardo Mayer and Máximo González to complete a 3-0 whitewash for Germany in their opener on Wednesday.
Contesting their first Davis Cup match, Krawietz and Mies needed three hours 18 minutes to topple their opponents, who saved seven match points themselves before surrendering.
"Not a bad first match, huh? It’s our Davis Cup debut and it was unbelievable, I have no words for this," said Krawietz.
"I don’t know how long we played, three hours 20 minutes for a doubles match, I’m so tired and done right now but I’m extremely happy that we could get the third point for Germany and it’s so nice to play on this team, with this great team-mate and all the guys around, it was so much fun, looking forward to Chile tomorrow."
Meanwhile, Jan-Lennard Struff said he was proud of how he stepped up against world No.14 Diego Schwartzman to score the second point for Germany versus Argentina.
The 35th-ranked Struff struck 12 aces and won 80% of his first serve points during his 6-3, 7-6(8) victory over Schwartzman, who could not match his flawless performance from the previous day in Argentina's 3-0 sweep against Chile.
"I played a very good match. Diego was saying yesterday in the press conference that he played against [Cristian] Garín one of the best matches of the season and of his career so I knew I had to step out here and play decent tennis to beat him," said Struff, who is now 5-3 in Davis Cup singles throughout his career.
"He’s such a good player. He beat me in the first match in Monte Carlo we played, so now it’s 1-1 head-to-head. I’m very happy with the way I played today, the aggressiveness was very good, I had very good support from my team, from my crowd, even though the Argentina fans were there, they were very fair. The crowd was good."
Earlier on Stadium 2, Philipp Kohlschreiber recovered from a nervy start to take down Guido Pella 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and earn the first point of the tie for Germany against the 2016 champions.
"It’s our Davis Cup debut and it was unbelievable, I have no words for this."
Contesting the 20th Davis Cup tie of his career, the 36-year-old Kohlschreiber improved his singles record in the competition to 19-12, by posting his second win in as many meetings with Pella.
The former world No.16 did not enjoy his best season in 2019, having slipped to 79 in the world, but came prepared to step up for Germany in Madrid, and started the tournament on a positive note.
“Yes of course, I struggled a lot this season, injuries didn’t give me all the confidence to practice, but I was very good the last three, four weeks. I practised very hard in Munich, started already with the off season, practised well here and I knew I could play good tennis, and just let it out; luckily, I did,” said Kohlschreiber after the win.
Facing off for the first time since 2013, Argentina entered the clash with a 7-2 record against Germany in previous meetings. But the brave efforts of Struff and Kohlschreiber ended Germany's three-tie losing streak to the South Americans, as the battle for the top spot in Group C heats up.
"Argentina was by far the best team in our group if you just look at the rankings. We lost in the history, the last 40 years always against Argentina. We were expecting a tough tie, like it was. In all three matches we were lucky at the right moments. Argentina has a great team, is a great nation. Sometimes it’s one, two points deciding matches and I think it was the case in all three matches," said Germany captain Michael Kohlmann.
"Obviously the confidence level is very good but the message is we will go out there full power like we did today. If we go out there a couple percentage less we will lose because Chile has a great team as well."
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