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‘The Epitome Of Ignorance’ – German Outrage Over National Anthem Blunder

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The first day of the Fed Cup tie between Germany and the USA has been marred by controversy after officials in Hawaii played the national anthem used during the Nazi era.

As both teams lined up to hear their national anthems, the German contingent was left stunned when they heard the first words ’Deutschland, Deutschland, über alles’ (“Germany, Germany, above all else”). The version played in America was banned in Germany after the second world war due to its nazi connotations. The incident prompted an angry response for the visitors and their tennis federation.

“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in the Fed Cup, and I’ve played Fed Cup for 13 years now and it is the worst thing that has ever happened to me.” Andrea Petkovic said after her straight sets loss to Alison Riske.

Former top-10 player Petkovic also said her teammate, Julia Goerges, started to cry when she heard the song.

“Julia Goerges immediately started to cry when she heard the first word from the singer. And I had as well tears in my eyes and was furious.” She said.

Team captain Barbara Rittner also spoke out about the incident, labelling it as ‘an absolute scandal’.

“This is an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable,” Ritter said. “I could have sobbed. Hearing the national anthem at the Fed cup is a holy moment.”

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has since issued a formal apology to Germany and has promised that it will never occur again.

“A sincere apology to the German Fed Cup team and fans for the outdated National Anthem”. The statement read. “This mistake will not occur again,”

Team USA currently leads Germany 1-0 in their Fed Cup world group tie. Proceedings on the opening day came to early finish due to poor weather conditions. In the first match, Alison Riske  defeated Petkovic in two sets (7-6, 6-2).

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Rafael Nadal takes crucial win over Karen Khachanov in Madrid

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Rafael Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-6 after 2 hours and 10 minutes to score his 25th consecutive Davis Cup singles win. Nadal levelled the tie to 1-1 after Andrey Rublev came back to beat Roberto Bautista Agut 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-0) in the opening rubber match.

 

Nadal earned the break in the fourth game with a backhand down the line winner and saved a break point in the next game with a forehand winner. Khachanov fended off two break points in the fifth game with a forehand winner after taking a 40-0 lead. Nadal closed out the first set with two service winners in the ninth game.

Nadal saved a break point at 3-4 with a service winner in the second set. Khachanov fended off a break point in the ninth game to set up a tie-break. Nadal earned a match point at 5-5. Khachanov saved it before earning a set point. Nadal fended it off before closing out the tie-break, when Khachanov sent a backhand long on the 16th point.

“The format makes things very difficult because every mistake puts you in a position that you don’t want to be. Losing that first match, we were under pressure”,said Nadal.

Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez completed the come-back by scoring the 2-1 point in the decisive doubles match by beating Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

“It was a difficult situation for us. We needed this win, otherwise we could be close to being out of the tournament. Now we are in a good position to advance”, said Feliciano Lopez.

Spain will secure a spot in the quarter final if they beat Croatia on Wednesday.

Canada beats the USA 2-0

 Canada beats the USA 2-0 to become the first team to secure their spot in the quarter finals. Vasek Pospisil edged past Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (9-7). Denis Shapovalov beat Taylor Fritz 7-6 (8-6) 6-3. Canada beat the USA for the first time after 15 defeats in their previous rubber matches. The two neighbouring teams have met for the first time since 1965.

Australia cruises through to 3-0 over Colombia

Australia beat Colombia 3-0 to take the lead in the Group D. Nick Kyrgios beat Alejandro Gonzales 6-4 6-4. Alex De Minaur secured the winning point in the second singles match with a 6-4 6-3 win over Daniel Elahi Galan. John Peers and Jordan Thompson fended off match points to beat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-3 3-6 7-6 (8-6).

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Argentina beats Chile 3-0 in South American clash

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Argentina beat Chile 3-0 in the South American tie at the Rakuten Davis Cup Final at the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman claimed singles win to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over Chile

Pella won 83 % of his first serve points to beat Nicolas Jerry 6-4 6-3 in 75 minutes in the opening match of the Group C on Centre Court.

Pella faced only one break and broke serve three times. The Argentine got the first break in the second game to build up a 5-2 lead before Jarry broke back in the ninth game. Pella broke serve in the 10th game, as Jarry netted a forehand.

Both players went on serve in the first seven games of the second set. Pella broke serve at 4-3, as Jarry made a double fault. Pella closed out the match with a service winner.

“It was unbelievable because it was a very tough match for me. I was very nervous during the entire match. Madrid is a difficult city if you are nervous to play because there is a little bit of altitude, so I was struggling a bit but I fought for every ball and that was the key to get the win”, said Pella.

Schwartzman cruised past Christian Garin 6-2 6-2 in 73 minutes in the second singles match to give Argentina a 2-0 lead. Schwartzman broke three times to claim the opening set 6-2 after half an hour. The Argentine raced out to a 5-0 lead with a double break. Garin pulled one break back in the seventh game. Scwartzman hit a backhand winner at 5-2 to seal the second set with another break.

“It’s the end of the season but I played one of the best matches for sure of the year, maybe in my career. I think Guido helped me a lot to be more confident in this match and I played unreal tennis”, said Schwartzman.

 

Maximo Gonzales and Leonardo Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry and Hans Podlipnik gave Argentina a 3-0 point with a 6-3 7-5 in the doubles match with two breaks in fourth and eighth games of the first set and eleventh games of the second set.

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Russia opens the Davis Cup campaign with a 3-0 win over Croazia

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Russia beat defending champions from Croatia 3-0 thanks to the two singles wins of Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov on Centre Court of the Caja Magica in Madrid.

 

Rublev cruised past Borna Gojo 6-3 6-3 in the opening match before Karen Khachanov came back from one set down to beat Borna Coric 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

Khachanov and Rublev returned to the court to beat specialists Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to give Russia a 3-0 win.

“It was important to start well. I had some opportunities and took them. I am really happy we won this tie”, said Khachanov.

Belgium (two-time finalists) beat Colombia 2-1 on Court 3. In the opening match Davis Cup specialist Steve Darcis cruised past Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-2. David Goffin came back from one set down to beat Daniel Elahi Galan 3-6 6-3 6-3. Last week’s ATP Finals semifinalists Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah won the doubles match for the Colombian team beating Sander Gillie and Joran Vliegen 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

“The challenge was to fight against myself. It was not easy. Sometimes you have to fight. I am happy the way I fought. I did not give up. That’s the most important thing because I am playing for my country”,said Goffin.

 

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