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Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships: Philipp Kohlschreiber targets Davis Cup

German wants to ride confidence wave and get the better of France

  • By Alaric Gomes Senior Reporter
  • Published: 21:14 February 28, 2014
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Reuters
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany at the ATP Dubai Tennis Championships, February 27, 2014.

DubaiL Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber has admitted that his country’s Davis Cup World Group tie against France will be one of the main priorities for him in the near future.

Kohlschreiber was an integral part of the team that beat former five-time champions Spain a 4-1 thrashing in the first week of February in Frankfurt to set up a meeting against the French, who whitewashed Australia 5-0. The tie will be held in Nancy, France from April 4-6.

France and Germany go head-to-head in the Davis Cup for a tenth time, with the French having won the last six meetings between the two nations, including all four in the World Group. One has to go back to 1938 for the last time that Germany won.

“We have a tough draw. In the first round we had Spain and now France. It’s going to be difficult,” Kohlschreiber admitted.

“Of course, it would be a very nice step for German tennis and for us as a team to improve to the semi-finals. We had a very good start there as we had a great team and great spirit. So we need to take these good emotions to the next tie and you never know,” he added.

“The French team has an army of very good players and if they are all fit, it’s going to be very, very tough. We hope maybe somebody is tired from Miami and cannot play. But we need a little bit of luck that not everybody is playing.”

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