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.
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.