Tennis Australia News, 2021 ATP Cup in Group A Doubles Match: Serbia v Germany

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It has been a very intense match of tennis so far in Group A. Canada may have been eliminated of the ATP Cup finals. This centrepiece focuses on Germany v Serbia.

Serbia already have lost the first game via Dusan Lajovic. After he was run down by Jan Lennard-Struff 6-3, 3-6 & 4-6. While team-mate Novak Djokovic may not have fired off well in Stage 1. Despite an initial reprieve gone wrong in the tiebreaker 3-7.

But Novak bounced back comfortably in Stage 2 7-2. Before he was able to just close out on Alexander Zverev. 6-7 (tiebreaker 3-7), 7-2 & 7-5. And give Serbia a 2nd chance going into the doubles decider. That would be the next winner able to advance in the semis. As both teams share 1-1 each after 2 games.

Novak Djokovic/Nikola Cacic v Jan-Lennard Struff/Alex Zverev. 3rd and final match in the doubles of Group A. Serbia went off to a good start against Germany 2-1. But got stuck midway through Stage 1 4-4. And unable to find the 2nd half middle ground for the initial mini win. With Germany ahead 7-6 after 7-4 tiebreaker.

But Serbia did not give up just yet in the 2nd Stage. When they were able to catch up Germany 3-3. Serbia were nearly left out of the semi-final place at the 1st attempt. Having held them up at 5-5 before they won this set 7-5. In which gave Serbia another reprieve to try & this series 2-1. Ahead of the key tiebreaker.

Things have shown some promise this time for Serbia. With a great base to bridge that execution zone 4-2. But they unfortunately lost their way in the last half though. And it ultimately cost Serbia a semi-final invite v Russia. Where Germany was able to make up some lost time. Full result is 6-7 with Germany won the first tiebreaker. 7-5 in the 2nd set claimed by Serbia. And Germany wrapped the tiebreaker at 10-7 for the win in the end.

Serbia came so close to advancing the semis. They were saved by Djokovic in the 2nd singles match. Almost gone before the doubles about to start. And credit to him on giving them every hope. Especially in the doubles that led to a tiebreaker. It is just a lack of middle ground & support that left Djokovic frustrated. Some of the displays are always there. But not enough on most singles games without Djokovic.

While Germany is on a roll here with a 1st singles game advantage. Almost able to fight off Djokovic alone. Not enough to go into a decider 1-1. But they created momentum created out of nowhere. And used the physical/mental groundwork to upset Djokovic/Cacic. In which allowed to pull off these conversions. And earned their ticket in the 1st semis spot v Russia.

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