World No. 282 Zsombor Piros admitted everything was on John Millman's side when they clashed but he was glad that he managed to deliver maybe the best performance of his career and stun the Australian. Piros, 22, recovered from a set down to beat Millman former world No.
33 Millman 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the opening rubber of the Hungary and Australia tie at the Davis Cup Finals. “It was very tough – it was just the third match of my life on this big stage,” Piros said. “I didn’t have the routine like my opponent – he’s played more big matches like this.
But my captain and team showed me calm in this moment. It was not just my win, it was for my team”.
Piros didn't quit after losing the first set
Piros blew an early second set but he broke Millman again in the ninth game and served out for a decider in the following game.
Piros then broke Millman three times and lost his serve once in the third set to complete a comeback win. Millman was the one who gave Australia a chance to play at the Davis Cup Finals as he led them to a qualifying round win over Brazil.
“John gave us the chance to play in this Davis Cup Final with what he did in Adelaide,” Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt said. “To sit courtside and watch him go through the pain barrier, it was something pretty special.
John really bleeds green and gold. He’s a fantastic team man as well and the boys love having him around." Before the start of the tournament, Hewitt urged his team to take the Hungarians seriously. “Hungary get the opportunity to play in the Davis Cup Finals for the first time.
They are really led by their No.1 player Martin Fucsovics who’s very talented and an incredible athlete. He plays well on these surfaces, so we have to be very wary of him,” Hewitt said.