It may not have looked like it, but Stefanos Tsitsipas had a hard time at the Davis Cup weekend.
While number 6 remained true to its high bill and wielded its high-profile game that both excited the crowd and intimidated its Filipino opponents, Tsitsipas admitted to working hard for points over the weekend.
"It seems to me to be somehow easy, but it is not so," said Tsitsipas after a 6-2, 6-1 win over PH No. 1 Jeson Patrombon in the second leg, who won the draw for Greece on Saturday .
On Friday, he fired Alberto Lim Jr. with the same score to set the tone for Greece at the Davis Cup World Group 2 showdown against the Philippines.
"I knew deep down that I had to work for the points," said Tsitsipas. "It's a mental game, you have to work for the points and not wait for easy mistakes."
Throughout the tie: "I just stayed pretty consistent," he said.
The Filipinos did not. And that made the difference in the 3-1 series.
The Filipinos had their moment of fame after Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales prevented a barrier when they defeated Markos Kalovelonis and Petros Tsitsipas with 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Gonzales said the Greeks got the best out of them.
"There is a big reason why we played very well. [and] It's up to them," said Gonzales.
Petros, the 19-year-old brother of Stefanos, admired the brave attitude of the hosts in doubles.
“You played very well. You played at the highest level, ”said Petros. “Ruben and Francis in particular were very quick on the net. You have good chemistry. "
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