Poland's Hubert Hurkacz said it was difficult for him when he found Stefanos Tsitsipas withdrew from their matches because he already had tactics in place. Hurkacz, ranked at No. 9 in the world, instead took on world No.
1076 Aristotelis Thanos. Hurkacz had absolutely no clue about Thanos' game but still claimed a 6-1 6-2. "I was expecting to play Stefanos and I was preparing tactics with my coach and Marcin [Matkowski], so it was difficult when I found out," said Hurkacz, per the ATP Cup website.
"I'd never played him before, or seen him play. He had a big serve and fortunately I was returning quite well and put pressure on him. It's great to be back in Sydney."
Hurkacz dominated Thanos
Hurkacz started the match with back-to-back breaks as he led 4-0 after the opening three games.
Thanos served out the fifth game to get on the board but it didn't take too long for Hurkacz to claim another break as he broke the Greek in the seventh game to seal the opener. After easily winning the first set, Hurkacz didn't have much problems in the second set either as he broke Thanos twice to complete a straight win and give Poland victory over Greece.
In the opening match of the tie, Kamil Majchrzak beat Michail Pervolarakis 6-1 6-4. "It's my first match of the year in these great conditions and it's an honour to represent my country," said Majchrzak.
"When I can fight for my country, it gives me different emotions and feelings. It's great to deliver this first point for Poland today. I found my rhythm from the beginning of the match. I was very consistent and I am very happy with my performance. Even the gap at the beginning of the second set, where I led 2-0 and let him back in. That was a danger moment."