Tsitsipas sends Nat'l team to 1st division of Davis Cup after 19 years
The Greek champion overcame the resistance of his opponent, No. 564 in the world ranking, in a match that lasted 1 hour and 15 minutes, knowing the apotheosis of about 10,000 spectators who were inside the Olympic facilities.
Tsitsipas struggled in the first set, when he needed the tie break (7-1) to win it 7-6. Having also gained a psychological advantage, he easily "cleaned" up the second set with 6-1, sending Greece to World Group I, where Japan, Brazil, Denmark, Romania, Peru, Ukraine, Turkey, Lithuania and Bulgaria have also qualified.
Afterward, Stefanos thanked the people who came to the closed OAKA to support the National Team in its attempt for the historic promotion to World Group I of the Davis Cup, while he wished to soon compete in the final of the competition.
"Me and the team appreciate that you were here even though the circumstances were not easy. I appreciate you being here at this iconic stadium. All this will be unforgettable. I have the opportunity to play in big stages but it's not like this," he said initially and continued referring to the Team's next goals in the Davis Cup: "Hopefully soon in a few years from now playing in a Davis Cup final will be something we will never forget. We have the opportunity to bring Greece among the best teams in the world. Our goal is to qualify for the World Group, it's like the quarter-finals of the World Cup."