Stefanos Tsitsipas makes perfect Davis Cup debut for Greece


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Stefanos Tsitsipas makes perfect Davis Cup debut for Greece

World no. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas has not been in great form this summer, losing in the semi-final in Washington to Nick Kyrgios after wasting match point and bowing out after the first match in Montreal, Cincinnati and the US Open.

The young Greek decided to stay away from social media for a while, focusing on tennis and preparing himself for the Davis Cup debut at home in Athens, leading Greek in the Group III Europe Pool A action against Poland, Monaco and Luxembourg.

Greece finished second behind Poland who collected all three wins and Stefanos was the player to beat on the clay court at the TATOI Club, scoring three dominant singles wins and dropping only eight games in six sets. On Wednesday, the Australian Open semi-finalist proved to be too strong for the unranked player from Luxembourg Tom Diederich, scoring a 6-1, 6-0 triumph in 48 minutes to seal the overall win for Greece.

Stefanos lost seven points in his games, never facing a break chance and taking 32 out of 52 points on the return to grab six breaks from ten opportunities, three in each set to seal the deal in no time at all. In the final tie of the Pool, Poland took down Greece 2-1 when Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski defeated Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the deciding doubles rubber.

Kamil Majchrzak earned the first point for Poland and it was Tsitsipas who ousted another upcoming youngster Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-1 to level the score at 1-1. The encounter lasted an hour and 12 minutes and the Greek played well both on first and second serve to forge the advantage, fending off all four break points and stealing Hubert's serve four times to emerge at the top.

Hurkacz lost the last four games of the first set and the opening three of the second, allowing Stefanos to race in front with three straight breaks and claim the win with a hold at love in game seven. On Friday, Greece toppled Monaco 2-1 after two singles victories, with Tsitsipas taking down Lucas Catarina 6-2, 6-1 in 52 minutes.

The home favorite dropped six points in his games and was rock-solid on the return as well, seizing all five break chances to control the scoreboard all the time and bring the victory home in no time at all for the third singles success in as many days.