In yesterday’s first singles match, Philipp Kohlschreiber allowed Alex Bogomolov Jr. only two games on his way to victory, winning 6-0 6-2.
The match was decided after German Florian Mayer clinched the winning point for his team as he defeated Igor Andreev in straight sets 6-2 7-6 (7). Then he paired up with Christopher Kas to overcome the Russian duo Igor Kunitsyn and Dimitry Tursunov 6-4 3-6 10-8.
Germany are the defending champions here, having beaten Argentina in last year’s final.
In the other Blue Group match, Serbia clinched victory over Croatia after Janko Tipsarevic beat Croatian Lovro Zovko 6-0 6-0 to give his country a 2-0 lead. He added to Viktor Troicki’s win over Ivan Dodig in yesterday’s match, Dodig prevailing 6-3 7-6 (3). Despite the Croatian duo Dodig/Zovko defeating Troicki/Zimonjic 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4), it didn’t influence the end result.