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Leon Smith hopes team bond can guide Great Britain to second straight Davis Cup semi-final

Great Britain are aiming for a second straight Davis Cup semi-final as they face Germany today in Innsbruck, as they did at the same stadium two years ago.

Germany have made no secret that they are aiming for the draw from 3pm as a revenge mission, although Leon Smith is drawing on his team’s camaraderie not to mention the playing talent at his disposal to give to his team has the advantage.

In the standings, GB has the advantage over the No. 12 and No. 25 in the world with Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans respectively, who face players in their 50s with Jan-Lennard Struff and Denis Koepfer. But Germany were impressive, beating Novak Djokovic’s Serbia and then Austria to reach the last eight.

Smith got the message across that Great Britain are a sum of their parts this time around rather than a team built around Andy Murray like in the past.

“I love guys,” he said of not only the players but his support team as well. “You can’t just ask for a nicer bunch of people, but everyone goes the extra mile. “

The team bonded by playing cornhole and darts – doubles specialist Joe Salisbury appears to be the champion of the oche – as well as enjoying team meals.

But German captain Michael Kohlmann is convinced his team can derail the British contingent. “Now we have our chance to get revenge on Britain,” he said. “I’m positive. I have a good feeling. I think we’re in a good position. We’ve been through this difficult group. We have nothing to lose.”


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