BERLIN (AP) Jan-Lennard Struff and Florian Mayer won their respective matches to give Germany a 2-0 lead over Poland in the countries' Davis Cup World Group playoff on Friday.
Struff was made to work hard to beat the 20-year-old Kamil Majchrzak 6-7 (8), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in three hours and 43 minutes, while Florian Mayer had a similarly tough time against 19-year-old Hubert Hurkacz, winning 1-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4, 7-5 in just under three hours.
Poland's hopes now rest on doubles pairing Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski, scheduled to play Daniel Brand and debutant Daniel Masur on Saturday before Sunday's reverse singles.
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The overall winner of the weekend's matches will compete in the 16-team World Group in 2017.