Sunday, July 19, 2015

Davis Cup: Austria remains second-rate

Davis Cup: Austria remains second-rate
AUSTRIA Davis Cup
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The Davis Cup debut in Kitzbühel and the home debut for Dominic Thiem went wrong duly weekend. Austria's young star was on Sunday the expectations placed in him and do not meet the OTV team stood before the meaningless become final singles match against the Netherlands as a loser determined. Austria also plays in 2016 only in the second highest class.

Thiem was a 1: 2 run-residue in the back on Sunday before 3,200 spectators on the course and had to duel the top player Robin Haase won without a set profit after 2:12 hours with 4: 6,6: 7 (4), 3 give 6 defeated.

"The disappointment is obviously huge, there is a certain emptiness there. It was just not good enough in these two days. I have played and lost not good, but there are simply some things missing," stated Thiem, who in a number 28 ATP ranking was clearly the best-placed player in this international match of Europe-Africa Zone I (2nd round) actually.

Thiem: "pisses me everything at the moment"
Of course, it lacks the 21-year-old Lower Austrian still to experience. Thiem wanted his ultimately weak performance but not justified by the high pressure of expectation from fans and media. "In the first match I might have lost the first set because of nervousness," says Thiem remembered back to the tight five-set defeat against Thiemo de Bakker. Otherwise, the premiere did not play an important role against the groups in the Davis Cup so. "It pisses me everything pretty at the moment, because not a lot of positive was there," the youngster had his frustrations run wild.

For the future, it was necessary to be just a constant for him. "I've gotten so achieved a ranking where you really should not lose to much weaker-placed opponents. This happens to me quite often holding still" saved Thiem, for it next week in Umag (as well as for Andreas Haider-Maurer, Note.) goes on, not with self-criticism.

Koubek "players a little something done"
After the 3: 2 away win in Sweden for his debut as Davis Cup captain had to build his squad after the home defeat Stefan Koubek. "It was a shame. Dominik has super reingefightet in the game, but you can see in my opinion, that he is currently not refueled with confidence," said the Carinthian. "Haase hit at the right moments the right decision."

"It was definitely more indoors and I would also prefer drove away with three points from Kitzbühel," said Koubek firmly. "Unfortunately, now is over God the Davis Cup this season, the players are a little something done, because we expected more here."

Captain still wants to continue
Koubek, whose contract expires at year-end, would like to keep this position also in 2016 and he also hopes in the Euro-African Zone in the coming year on the strongest squad. "Yes, of course I count again with the best team."

Thiem has at least called the recent run-up to return to the world group as the destination: "Sure, that must be a big goal, but it is anything but easy with these opponents."

In meaningless, which has become final single player Oliver Marach took double with a 6: 3,6: 3 win over Jesse Huta Galung currently the second point for Austria to 2: 3 draw.

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