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10 June 2011

Pre-tie analysis: Germany v France


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Gael Monfils and Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER


Germany and France go head-to-head in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinals, with a place in the last four at stake. The tie is being held at TC Weissenhof in Stuttgart on 8-10 July.


Road to quarterfinals

The Germans beat Croatia 3-2 in a very tight first round tie in which the first three rubbers went to the fifth set. The teams were tied going into the fifth rubber but Philipp Petzschner tipped the scale towards Germany by beating Ivo Karlovic. Petzschner had already won the doubles the previous day and became the undisputed hero of the German team.

 

When the French won the first two rubbers of their first round tie against Austria, it seemed that it was going to be a routine victory for Guy Forget´s men. However, the Austrians came back and everything was left to be decided in the fifth match. Fortunately for France, Jeremy Chardy kept Austria at bay and booked a ticket to the quarterfinals.


Team leaders

Florian Mayer

27-year-old Florian Mayer is living the best moment of his career. Apart from reaching the last stages of a good number of tournaments, the German led his team to victory in the World Team Cup in May. These achievements have seen him reach a career-high ranking of No. 18. Moreover, his recent Davis Cup record on clay (4-1) is proof of his reliability on this surface.

Gael Monfils

The young Frenchman keeps improving year after year and is now established among the world’s Top 10 players. His good performances on clay at Roland Garros, where he reached the quarterfinals against Federer, make him a big favourite for the singles matches.


Captains

Patrik Kühnen

Kühnen won the competition twice as a player in 1988 and 1993. He had his debut as captain in 2002 and has since been present in 19 ties, making him the most experienced German captain since Niki Pilic.

Guy Forget

Forget is a true legend of French tennis. During his playing career, he helped France win the Davis Cup in both 1991 and 1996. As a captain, he has also led his country to victory in 2001.


Keep an eye on...

Philipp Petzschner

Petzschner’s versatility played a decisive role in the first round tie against Croatia. The German won the doubles rubber in partnership with Christopher Kas and the last singles match against Karlovic.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

The former world No. 6 is currently struggling to recover his best form. However, the ex-Australian Open finalist remains a threat to any player due to his offensive style of play supported by precise serves and powerful forehands. Tsonga’s best form could tip the balance towards the French team.


Davis Cup pedigree

Germany

The Germans have won the Davis Cup three times (1988, 1989 and 1993) and have been runners-up twice (1970 and 1985). They have competed in the World Group for 28 out of the 31 years since the tiered system of competition was created in 1981.

France

France is the third most successful Davis Cup team of all time. Their last victory came in 2001 in a very tight final against Australia in Melbourne. The French have reached the quarterfinals for a seventh consecutive time this year.



Head-to-head

2 - 6

Germany and France have met on eight different occasions in Davis Cup, resulting in six victories for the French and two for the Germans. The last clash took place just last year when the French defeated the Germans 4-1 in Toulon in the World Group first round. The last time they met on German soil was in 2006 and the victory was once again for France.


Surface

Outdoor clay

Both the German and French teams choose either clay or hard surface for their home ties, depending on the circumstances. Therefore the surface choice does not look like a game changer this time.


Home and away

Germany

The Germans have won four out of the last five ties that they have played on home soil. Their only defeat came when they faced Spain in the 2008 quarterfinals at Bremen.

France

The French team have lost three of the last five ties played outside France. These defeats include last year’s final against Serbia that took place in Belgrade.

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