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Germany take 2-0 lead over Spain in the Davis Cup

Sunday, February 02 2014 by SNTV
  • Intro:

    Germany have taken control of their Davis Cup World Group first round match against Spain.

    Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer both won their opening singles matches to open up a 2-0 lead.


    Germany took on Spain in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group.

    An under-strength Spanish team - without world number one Rafa Nadal or David Ferrer - was led by a new captain in Carlos Moya, part of his country's winning team in 2004.

    He hoped that a controversial selection - world number 52 Roberto Bautista Agut, would come good against Philipp Kohlschreiber, but the tactic didn't work out.

    Agut had reached the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this month after putting out Argentina's world number four Juan Martin del Potro, but couldn't hide his nerves in his first Davis Cup match.

    Kohlschreiber broke serve twice in the first set to take it 6-2 and then took the second as well.

    And and after just one hour and 44 minutes on court, the world number 23 closed out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

    The day's second match pitched Florian Meyer against Feliciano Lopez.

    Lopez held a 3-2 winning record coming into the match, although Meyer had won their most recent encounter.

    There were no breaks of serve, but Mayer proved to be the stronger in the tiebreaks, winning the first 8-6 and the second 7-4.

    Lopez fought back though and breezed through the third set, taking it 6-2.

    The Spaniard then saved two match points in the fourth set before holding on and breaking the Meyer serve and then levelling the match.

    In the deciding set, Meyer opened up a 3-0 lead, before Lopez dug in to close to 5-3, forcing Meyer to serve out the match.

    Eventually he took the match 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, 5-7, 6-3.

    Lopez asked for a review, but the ball had clipped the line and Germany - looking for a first Davis Cup title since 1993 - took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five match.

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