Germany grab Davis Cup lead over Australia after five-set victory

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  • Australia must win both singles rubbers on Sunday to qualify
  • Matthew Ebden and John Peers lose 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4

Germany have grabbed a 2-1 lead over Australia in their Davis Cup first-round tie in Brisbane, with Matthew Ebden and John Peers losing the crucial doubles rubber in five sets. The visitors sprang a late change on Saturday, replacing Peter Gojowczyk with Jan-Lennard Struff. But it was Tim Puetz who proved the difference in the 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 win at Pat Rafter Arena.

World No.14 Nick Kyrgios and rookie Alex de Minaur must win their reverse singles rubbers on Sunday for Australia to qualify for April’s quarter-finals. Australian No.1 Kyrgios will take on world No.5 Alex Zverev, while debutant de Minaur - just 18 - is set to face Struff.

Related: Cameron Norrie rocks Roberto Bautista Agut as GB level Spain Davis Cup tie

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