Hewitt and Guccione successfully defeated doubles pair Petzschner and Becker to give Australia a 2-1 hold over Germany.
Lleyton Hewitt undeniably bounced back as though with a point to prove after his somewhat disappointing straight set loss against Florian Mayer the previous day.
Becker appeared to be slightly anxious serving to a highly spirited Hewitt, double faulting on two occasions during the first set.
This enabled the Australians to establish an early break that placed them in a comfortable position, up 3-1.
Hewitt maintained solid service games throughout the early stages of the match and this was finely matched by Chris Guccione’s fiery left handed serves, which together proved to be an unstoppable force; the German pair being unable to break either of the Australians in the first two sets producing an outcome of 6-3, 6-2.
Germany’s Petzschner and Becker pulled out some mean smashes strategically aimed towards the body of Guccione in an effort to win some quick points.
The Germans worked towards pushing the Australian team back towards the baseline during the third set as they had assumed an all too comfortable volleying position at the net.
The German doubles team was presented with an opportunity to break back and a couple of errors from Lleyton saw Germany to a 1-3 lead in the third set.
An immediate change in momentum by the Germans became apparent as the much faster game that followed provided them with a very comfortable 1-4 lead and their game became immersed with a sense of urgency to take command of the set.
While given yet another opportunity to break, the Australian team refused to conform to the change of pace as imposed by Petzschner hard, controlled ground strokes.
Becker improved his service game when it counted and Germany won the third set 2-6.
An early break in the fourth motivated Hewitt and Guccione to come out of the defensive-like stance that they had come to assume during the previous set and they grew more aggressive in their play, hungry to take the match in four sets.
“The Germans were coming back at the boys and they showed really good fighting spirit,” Australian Davis Cup team captain Pat Rafter said.
The Germans continued to put up a fight that saw the match draw to a tie-break from which the Australian pair were victorious.
Bernard Tomic will soon be put to the test in the reverse singles against Florian Mayer in what should be an interesting match.
Originally published at The SportingJournal.