Great Britain Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski will be missing a spot for the Davis Cup semi-finals in the doubles division, as Germany Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz defeated them in 7-6 (12-10) 7-6 (7-5).
Joe Salisbury, currently at World Number 3 for the doubles division, seemed to be disappointed with the result, as he believed that they should win the tie-break. They, however, have tried their best to win to advance to the semi-finals, but their efforts weren’t good enough.
It’s up for the Russian Tennis Federation or Sweden to be included in the last four, now that Germany has a secured spot.
On the other hand, the Davis Cup was being criticized for its new format. Due to Austria’s Covid-19 restrictions, no tennis spectators and fans were present in Innsbruck. Therefore, it led to a lesser drama because there’s no need for Germany and Britain to end in a tie.
GB Captain Leon said in an interview that they are gutted for the players because tensions are started to show when for the decisions of tie-breaks. Salisbury and Skupski were both in the World Top 20, which made their match with the Germans in a tough and tight contest.
Although Salisbury and Skupski had raced into a 5-0 lead, yet the Germans remained focused during the match. Smith said that what their match had displayed was pure, raw emotions. Now that Great Britain missed their chance in the Davis Cup, they will be returning home and practicing for a qualifier by March next year.