A new venture for ATP is the cross-country racing from all over the world. Australia and Greece with their teams played a leading role at the beginning. In the Greek team, Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis faced Australian Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime. However, the start for them was not lucky with a clear 3-0 defeat in the tie- breaks.
Denis Shapovalov No. 1 in his country said he was proud to fight against Stefanos Tsitsipas and achieved a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) victory in the sets. The two Greeks worked together to equilibrate the five sets but when the fight led to the tie-breaks the Australians reversed the situation. On the other hand, Tsitsipas admitted that his 1-3 defeat was due to his inability to understand the technique he had to adopt and that he did not take advantage well enough of the opportunity he had in the tie- breaks. Australia’s Felix Auger-Aliassime also made a dynamic comeback in the first set with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the newcomer in the ATP Cup Michael Pervolarakis, while having been a runner-up three times in the past.
The trip though did not end for the Greeks as they will compete with Germany on 6/1. With or without Greece, the tournament continues in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney Australia, while the eight finals will compete in Sydney’s final on Tuesday.