Top-ranked Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was satisfied with the way he kicked off his 2021 season at the ATP Cup. Tsitsipas, ranked at No. 6 in the world, defeated home favorite Alex de Minaur 6-3 7-5 in the second rubber of the Greece and Australia tie.
Tsitsipas blew an early first-set break but broke de Minaur once again in the sixth game and then held on to his serve for the rest of the set to win the opener. In the second set, Tsitsipas saved two set points on his serve in the 10th game.
Tsitsipas then broke de Minaur in the 11th game and served out for the match a game later. "The win counts very much, and I think it was a great start for me playing ATP Cup," Tsitsipas said, per the ATP website.
"I managed to stay calm and resilient when I had to and took my chances at the very end of the second set, which was very important."
De Minaur drew positives from his loss to Tsitsipas
"It was a close match," said De Minaur.
"I had my opportunities. It was there to be taken. I didn't feel like I played those points well. I'm happy with my level. Now it's just about tweaking a couple of things going forward and hopefully being ready for the Australian Open.
It was amazing to play in front of the home crowd, which is something I've definitely missed for a year now." Australian John Millman beat Greek Michail Pervolarakis in the opening rubber of the tie. Tsitsipas then beat de Minaur in the second rubber to force a decider.
In the deciding rubber, John Peers and Luke Saville defeated Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis to give Australia their first win at this year's ATP Cup. "Every time you play for the green and gold, and play with your mates, it’s a lot of fun," Peers said.