World no. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas shines but could not help Greece win a tough Group F tie against Germany at the ATP Cup 2020 on Sunday night in Brisbane. However, the Greek gun managed to pull off an impossible around the net shot during the doubles match, which left the crowd in awe.
German pair Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz saved six match points and defeated Greece’s Michail Pervolarakis and Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-3, 17-15 in a thrilling doubles rubber. The victory gave Germany its first tie victory at the ATP Cup 2020.
The 21-year-old paired up with Michail Pervolarakis for the deciding doubles match between Greece and Germany. It was only the third point of the match when the next-gen star hit the unreal shot and made his opponents and teammates’ jaw drop.
Andreas Mies could not give enough power to his easy forehand volley but was deep enough to get a point. However, a sliding Tsitsipas managed to reach to the ball and also made a quick shot around the net to win a spectacular point.
Jan-Lennard Struff earned the lead for Germany after beating Michail Pervolarakis 6-4, 6-1. Struff overcame a slow start in which he fell behind a break at 2-3. However, he changed gears to lose only 2 games and win the match comfortably.
However, Greece levelled back the tie at 1-1 after Tsitsipas made it five straight wins against World No. 7 Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-4 in a must match for the Greek.
The reigning Nitto ATP World Tour Finals champion won 83 per cent of his first-serve points and broke four times as Zverev’s struggled with his serves, double-faulting 10 times in the match. The Germans finally prevailed after 1 hour and 40 minutes of the deciding doubles rubber against Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis.