Ecuador lost both of its singles matches against Greece on the first day of the Davis Cup World Group playoffs. Greece leads 2-0 and this Sunday from 05:00 (in Ecuador) the doubles will be played and then the singles.
Beyond the result, both Álvaro Guillén and Andrés Andrade demonstrated a good level of tennis and an attitude that left good comments from their rivals.
Guillén, 731 in the ATP ranking, did not shrink against the number 3 in the world, Stefano Tsitsipas, and in the first set he was able to break his rival’s serve, and lost 7-5, already in the second set the Greek, finalist of the Australia Open , showed why he is one of the best in the world and won 6-2.
in the second match
Andrés Andrade was about to equalize the series at the end of this day. The Greeks changed Michail Pervolarakis, due to injury, and sent Aristotelis Thanos to the field.
The match was very even and it was at its favorable moment for the Ecuadorian to take the match, but the Greek Thanos gradually got into the match and with the encouragement of more than 17,000 spectators he was able to win the game by 7- 6(4) and 6-4.
“Álvaro made a fantastic debut against the 3rd in the world… with a lot of desire, a lot of attitude, he stood up in the first set face to face with Tsitsipas, he showed a lot of character, I was very happy with Alvarito. Andy had been having certain physical problems, but he made the effort to play this game and I appreciate that a lot. He is a boy who has a great future, a lot of projection, he has been competing professionally for a few months, he graduated in 2022 from the University of Florida and is practically starting his career, he has a lot of potential”, highlighted Raúl Viver, captain of the Ecuadorian team.
This Sunday the series continues with the doubles match between Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo against the brothers Stefano and Petros Tsitsipas, and will close with the two singles.
The winner of this series will join the losing nations of the 2023 Qualifiers to play in the World Group I series in September 2023, while the loser will be relegated to play this year in World Group II. (D)
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