Alexander Zverev, number three in the world, led Germany to the Davis Cup group stage this Saturday by adding two points from the 3-1 victory against Brazil in the Qualifiers series played in Rio de Janeiro.
Summoned at the last minute for a competition that he had not played since 2019, due to his disagreement with the current format, the Olympic champion qualified his country by beating Thiago Monteiro (114th) in the fourth game of the series.
Zverev, 24, defeated Brazil’s best racket 6-1 and 7-5, which despite an adverse start gave him a battle on the clay of Rio’s Olympic Park.
The gold at the Tokyo Games had given the partial advantage (1-0) to his country, semifinalist of the 2021 Davis Cup, by beating Thiago Wild (216th) on Friday in the opening of the key.
The triumphs vindicated him after the most recent controversy of his career, when he was expelled from the Acapulco Open last week for hitting the judge’s chair several times.
Although he suffered more than expected on the Rio de Janeiro track, where the ‘crooked’ Brazilian made himself felt, Zverev showed that it was worth having changed his mind, in extremis, about his non-participation in the contest.
His two points were supported by the victory of the doubles team, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz, against Bruno Soares and Felipe Meligeni in the first turn this Saturday.
The Germans, with more experience as a duo than the South Americans, won 4-6, 7-6 (4) and 6-4, to make it 2-1.
Monteiro had left the series 1-1 on Friday, after beating Jan-Lennard Struff (60th).
Germany will now play the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals, which will take place in September and will feature the participation of 16 teams.
The draw for that round will take place in March, when the four venues must also be defined.
– Series results:
Germany 3 – Brazil 1
Alexander Zverev (GER) beats Thiago Wild (BRA) 6-4, 6-2
Thiago Monteiro (BRA) beats Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Kevin Krawietz/Tim Puetz (GER) beats Bruno Soares/Felipe Meligeni (BRA) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4
Alexander Zverev (GER) beats Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-1, 7-5