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Tennis fever continues in Sydney and Adelaide as Greece beats Georgia, Kokkinakis wins

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It was another big day of tennis in Adelaide and Sydney on Wednesday with both Team Greece and Thanasis Kokkinakis claiming wins.

Here is The Greek Herald‘s wrap up of the day.

Greece finish ATP Cup on a high:

Greece earned its first Group D victory on Wednesday at the ATP Cup, following wins for Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis.y

25-year-old Pervolarakis earned his first ATP Cup singles victory for Greece with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Aleksandre Metreveli of Georgia in 68 minutes on Qudos Bank Arena.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s my first ATP Tour singles match win,” Pervolarakis said after the match.

In his singles match, Tsitsipas was leading Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-1 in the first set, before the Georgian returned to his Team Zone complaining of breathing difficulties. Basilashvili ended up retiring from the game.

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“It’s not easy playing when you’re not 100 per cent, but I completely understand,” Tsitsipas said after the announcement.

Later, in a fantastic doubles match, Georgia’s Aleksandre Bakshi and Aleksandre Metreveli saved three match points for a 4-6, 6-3, 16-14 victory over Pervolarakis and Tsitsipas in one hour and 34 minutes. The Greeks held match points at 9/8, 11/10 and 13/12 in the Match Tie-break.

Thanasi Kokkinakis victorious over Frances Tiafoe:

South Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, had a come-from-behind victory at the Adelaide International last night against American Frances Tiafoe.

From losing the first set and twice being down a break in the second, Kokkinakis came back fighting to defeat Tiafoe 3-6 7-5 6-1.

“I tried to weather the storm as much as I could. You guys [the crowd] were great, trying to cheer me on,” Kokkinakis said after the match.

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“Playing in front of friends and family, playing at home – there’s nothing better to rally like that and come back from what looked like it was going to be an ugly result.”

The victory means Kokkinakis has now booked his first ATP-level quarter-final since reaching the same stage at Los Cabos, Mexico, in August 2019.

The 25-year-old can also expect an Australian Open main draw singles wildcard.

Source: ATP and The West Australian.

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