Germany powered into the ultimate of the United Cup combined crew event with a nerve-wracking 2-1 win over host Australia on Saturday to arrange a summit conflict with Poland, which swept France apart 3-0.
In a prolonged semifinal that ultimately completed properly previous 2 a.m. native time, Germany’s combined doubles duo of Alexander Zverev and Laura Siegemund obtained the higher of Matthew Ebden and Storm Hunter within the decider after the groups break up the singles.
Angelique Kerber had given Germany the lead when she beat Ajla Tomljanovic however Australia struck again when Alex de Minaur, roared on by the house assist, got here from behind to defeat Zverev 5-7 6-3 6-4.
Zverev had solely 25 minutes between the singles and doubles matches, however that didn’t cease him, and he partnered with Siegemund to beat the Australian pair 7-6(2) 6-7(2) 15-13 in a contest the place each side saved a number of match factors.
“After the singles match it was obviously disappointing, but I thought the level of the match was extremely high,” stated an exhausted Zverev, who was visibly cramping up after a complete of 5 hours on court docket.
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“We were still in the tie, and we still had a chance to win it, and I’m happy that we did that today.”
Kerber had recovered from a set down and saved two match factors to beat Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6 6-2 7-6(7) for her first singles win since her 18-month maternity break.
“I just tried to play as many matches as possible before going to Melbourne. I tried to learn from my last three matches,” Kerber stated.
“Coming out here and winning such a tough battle means a lot to me. It means a lot to have a match like this before going to the Australian Open.”
The Australian Open runs from January 14-28.