Germany beats Djokovic, Serbia in Davis

Serbia's Novak Djokovic, left, and Nikola Cacic play against Ger,amy's Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawiwetz in a Davis Cup group F match between Serbia and Germany in Innsbruck, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo/Michael Probst)

(AP) -- Not even Novak Djokovic playing back-to-back could help Serbia avoid losing to Germany in the Davis Cup finals group phase on Saturday.

After Djokovic helped Serbia pull even at 1-1 by beating Jan-Lennard Struff, the world's top-ranked male player immediately joined Nikola Cacic in doubles. But German pair Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz showed more mettle in a tight 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 victory to take the decider and the tie victory 2-1.

"It's a great performance to beat the team who have the world No. 1," Germany captain Michael Kohlmann said. "Before the tie, we all thought that we had a good chance. We really believed it and it paid off."


2021 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,540
2 D. Medvedev 8,640
3 A. Zverev 7,840
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,540
5 A. Rublev 5,150
6 R. Nadal 4,875
7 M. Berrettini 4,568
8 C. Ruud 4,160
9 H. Hurkacz 3,706
10 J. Sinner 3,350
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Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 7,582
2 A. Sabalenka 6,380
3 G. Muguruza 5,685
4 K. Pliskova 5,135
5 B. Krejcikova 5,008
6 M. Sakkari 4,385
7 A. Kontaveit 4,351
8 P. Badosa 3,849
9 I. Swiatek 3,786
10 O. Jabeur 3,455
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