Davis Cup: Greece topples Philippines 4-1 in World Group II playoff tie

Published March 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Kristel Satumbaga

Stefanos Tsitsipas displayed another jaw-dropping performance in crushing Jeson Patrombon 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to give Greece the tie victory against the Philippines in the World Group II Davis Cup playoff tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt.

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Philippines' AJ Lim in the singles match of Davis Cup World Group II playoff tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt in Paco, Manila, March 6, 2020. (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy)
In this file photo, World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns the ball to Philippines’ AJ Lim in the singles match of Davis Cup World Group II playoff tie at the Philippine Columbian Association claycourt in Paco, Manila, March 6, 2020. (MB Photo / Ali Vicoy, File)

The world No. 6 sensation turned the 62-minute match into a light workout, overpowering Patrombon on all fronts to steer the Greeks into Group II for the first time since 2014.

The win also reduced the fifth match into a dead rubber, where Petros Tsitsipas returned a few hours after his doubles match to beat rookie Jed Olivarez, 6-4, 7-5.

Petros’ victory seals Greece’s tie win to 4-1.

“I can’t wait for our next opponents in Group II. Hopefully, we’ll be more prepared and it fits my schedule. I really want to represent Greece one more time,” said Tsitsipas.

With the loss, the Filipinos are relegated to the Regional Group III in June/July or September.

Tsitsipas set the tone for the Greeks on Friday by toppling AJ Lim 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles before his younger brother, Petros, dominated Patrombon in a similar 6-2, 6-1 fashion.

But Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales briefly breathed life for the PH Cuppers with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Petros and Markos Kalovelonis on Saturday’s doubles.

 

 
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