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Even though Germany didn’t have their top two players available for the World Group Play-Off against Australia, they were still a formidable team. After all, Florian Mayer was the highest ranked player in the tie at 25. Unsurprisingly, the 28 year-old lived up to his ranking, sweeping aside Hewitt and Tomic in straight sets.
With Germany losing the doubles on the second day, Australia led 2-1, like they did against Belgium and Switzerland. However, the Australian camp got ahead of themselves with John Fitzgerald firmly stating that “he couldn’t see Cedric-Marcel Stebe beating Hewitt” nor did he “have any weapons to hurt Hewitt.” Well it turns out the former Davis Cup captain has eaten his own words and left to ponder on what could have been.
Even though Hewitt is the most experienced player in the Australian side, it was about time they nurtured a second singles player to support Bernard Tomic. They cannot expect Hewitt to win both of his singles rubbers and a doubles rubber. It is too heavy of a burden for a player that has left blood on the court. Matthew Ebden for instance, should of played a role in this tie, considering he’s Australia’s No. 3 and has a long-term future in the side. To not use him some time soon is a waste of resources.