Kevin Krawietz felt there was a similarity between his Davis Cup and Germany’s World Cup losses. On Wednesday, Germany had a 1-0 lead over Japan. Japan then scored twice to claim a shock victory over Germany. On Thursday, Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Denis Shapovalov to give Germany a 1-0 lead over Canada before Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated Oscar Otte to send the tie to a decider.
In the decisive doubles match, Shapovalov and Pospisil rallied from a set down to beat Krawietz and Puetz 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Krawietz on his exit from the Davis Cup Finals
«Yes, very disappointed of course. It’s a difficult loss for us.
But I think the whole team showed that we can compete with everyone. It doesn’t matter who is playing for us. Yes, as Michael said, Struffi played an amazing game. In addition, Oscar played at a very good level. Yeah, just like the German soccer team, they also played amazing for 60 minutes.
Maybe we too. Only the first set and then we can’t finish it. If it happens. Of course, very disappointing. We wanted to help the team with the second point but we couldn’t do it today. So, yeah, they deserved to win,» Krawietz said.
German captain Michael Kohlmann felt his boys «started brightly» in the doubles match, but were unable to maintain the same level of play throughout the match. Furthermore, Kohlmann said that the fourth game of the second set, when Shapovalov and Pospisil claimed their first break of the match, was the key for the Canadians.
«In doubles, they started off brilliantly, I thought. The first set was amazing. Then we couldn’t carry the momentum a bit. I think the Canadian guys were starting to think, and a bit negative, but early in the second set we got a break could happen but shouldn’t happen, and from then on I thought the Canadians were playing on a different level,» Kohlmann said.