Poland edge Greece in Athens
Greece’s Davis Cup team fell 2-1 to Poland at the Europe Group III competition in Athens.
In the opening singles match, Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis (world number 462) took on Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak (world number 84). The Pole went up 4-1 in the first set, but Pervolarakis fought back to level it at 4-4. In the end, Majchrzak took the set 6-4. In the second set, the Pole got the early break to go up 2-0, and then held to go up 3-0. One break would be enough, as Majchrzak held on to win the set 6-3 and put Poland 1-0 ahead.
In the other singles match, world number seven Stefanos Tsitsipas played against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz (world number 36). Hurkacz had beaten the Greek just last month in Montreal, though Tsitsipas holds three wins over the Pole in the past year. Tsitsipas dominated the match from start to finish, taking it 6-3 6-1 to force a decisive doubles match.
There, Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas teamed up for the first time ever, and faced the experienced Polish pair of Lukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski. It was a tough task, as Kubot is the current world number four in doubles, and a former world number one. Additionally, Matkowski is a former top 10 doubles player. The Greeks stunned the Poles by taking the first set 6-3. However, Kubot and Matkowski came back to win the second and third sets, 6-4 and 6-1. With this win, Poland beat Greece 2-1 and secured promotion to Group II.
Greece, looking to gain promotion to Group II for the first time since 2014, will conclude pool play on Friday against Monaco. The winner of that match will be promoted to Group II for 2020.
POLAND 2, GREECE 1:
Kamil Majchrzak (Poland) def. Michail Pervolarakis (Greece) 6-4 6-3
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece) def. Hubert Hurkacz (Poland) 6-3 6-1
Kubot/Matkowski (Poland) def. Pervolarakis/Tsitsipas (Greece) 3-6 6-4 6-1