Lisicki, the WTA number 32, who ended her 2015 season with a knee problem at the US Open in September, paced her compatriot to a 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 10-6 win in the deciding mixed tie.

503527910The Germans face a third and final group match on Friday against Britain with Andy Murray and Heather Watson, who were facing Australia Green with Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova,

Lisicki, a former Wimbledon finalist, who contributed greatly to the 31 winners said she was thrilled with the result after losing her singles to Caroline Garcia 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).

“This is just great after a four-month injury layoff,” said Lisicki. “It really means a lot to me.

“I think my singles is improving. My match today was better than my first one, but Sasha kept us alive today.

“It was great to pull out the win in the match tiebreak.”

Zverev, a former junior champion from a tennis-playing family with a big brother on the ATP, began turning the tide for Germany in his singles tie as he beat big-serving Kenny de Schepper 6-2, 6-2. “I was really solid from the baseline. I wasn’t missing a ball,” said the 2014 Australian Open junior winner. “I made the transition from juniors quite quickly so I’m proud.

“There are a lot of young guys coming up. Hopefully we can take over.”

Source: GNA

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