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Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev gave Germany a 2-1 lead after defeating American duo Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey 4-6, 6-4, 10-1 at the ARAG ATP World Team Championship.
Earlier in the day Philipp Kohlschreiber levelled the score for Germany, fighting back from a one set deficit to beat Robby Ginepri 6-7(5), 7-6(4), 6-0 in two hours and 10 minutes. The German hit five aces, won 66 percent of service points and saved eight of 12 break points.
Ginepri drops to 2-6 for the season, appearing in his first tounrnament since losing to Andy Roddick in the second round of Memphis.
The 25 year-old Kohlschreiber, improves to a 16-9 record for 2009 and 6-3 on clay courts.