ATP Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur in Greece defeat to Australia

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ATP Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Alex de Minaur in Greece defeat to Australia

Australia defeated Greece 2-1 to celebrate the first victory at this year's ATP Cup. In the first match, John Millman defeated Michail Pervolarakis 6-2, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes. John had 14 winners and 14 unforced errors, drawing almost 30 unforced mistakes from the lower-ranked Greek and scoring three breaks from eight opportunities.

Millman forced an error from Pervolarakis at the net in the fourth game to forge the advantage and sealed the opener with another break at 5-2. John barely lost a point on serve in the second set and grabbed a break at 3-1 to move a set and a break in front.

Serving for the victory at 5-3, the Aussie fended off two break points and hit a service winner to secure the win and send his team in front. In the second rubber, Stefanos Tsitsipas ousted Alex de Minaur 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 37 minutes to keep Greece in contention.

Stefanos defeated Alex for the fourth time in as many encounters, fending off three out of four break chances and earning three breaks to control the scoreboard.

Australia defeated Greece 2-1 in their last match of the tournament.

The Greek had more winners, and they made a similar number of errors, enough for Stefanos to come through.

Tsitsipas held at love in the first game with a service winner and broke de Minaur a few minutes later following the Aussie's forehand error. Stefanos sprayed a forehand error in game five to give serve away and bounced back in the next one to open a 4-2 gap.

Serving for the set at 5-3, the Greek fired a service winner to wrap up the opener and move closer to the finish line. They stayed neck and neck in the second set's opening eight games, and Alex saved a break point at 4-4 to stay in front.

Serving at 4-5, Tsitsipas defended two set points and gathered momentum, breaking de Minaur's serve to move 6-5 ahead and sealing the deal with an ace a few minutes later to bring the deciding doubles rubber. John Peers and Luke Saville bested Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 to secure Australia's victory.