Greece claimed their first Group D victory in the ATP Cup on Wednesday against Georgia, following the victories of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis, who recorded their first circuit victory in Sydney. World number 4 Tsitsipas led Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-1 in the first set, but the Georgian returned to his team zone complaining of breathing difficulties after two points in the sixth game. “It’s not easy to play when you’re not 100%, but I totally understand,” Tsitsipas said.
Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis will play the doubles match for Greece against Georgians Aleksandre Bakshi and Aleksandre Metreveli. Greece lost to Poland 2-1 and Argentina 3-0 in their previous two Group D matches. In singles match No.2, 25-year-old Pervolarakis claimed their first Cup singles victory. ATP for Greece with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Georgian Aleksandre Metreveli in 68 minutes at Qudos Bank Arena. Pervolarakis said: “It’s amazing. This is my first singles victory on the ATP Tour.”
Pervolarakis made the most of his opportunity, beating Metreveli to a 4-2 lead in the first set with a forehand winning return to the line. The 25-year-old recovered from 0/30 on serve for the set, which lasted 37 minutes, closing his fourth opportunity. Two breaks of service – in the first and seventh games – were enough in the second set, which ended in a backhand error from Metreveli. Action from the 2022 ATP Cup – Day 6 will be live on Eurosport on Thursday. (ANI)
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