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Davis Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas spoils Philippines' fightback to lead Greece to World Group II

By: Kristoffer Ed Bellen

MANILA--World number six Stefanos Tsitsipas marred every inch of hope that the Philippines had as he dominated the country's number one tennis player Jeson Patrombon, 6-2, 6-1 to officially give Greece the victory at their Davis Cup World Group II Playoff tie at the Philippine Columbian Association center court on Saturday.

Tsitsipas, who dropped just a total of six games all throughout the two-day competition, was simply untouchable as he capitalized on Patrombon's erratic performance and gave Greece the 3-1 lead and a return trip to the World Group II tournament in September.

The five-time ATP titlist won all of his eight service games as well as converted four of his eight breakpoints while also firing a total of five service aces to close out the match in one hour and .

"I played okay and I played enough to get the win. It was good overall. I don't really have much to say with the match as it went the last time like the last round.

"He made a lot of unforced errors but he actually started pretty well, I think. He made a better start than ending the match," Tsitsipas said.

Patrombon and Tsitsipas engaged in an early tightly contested first set but errors of the former and failure to close out the games during deuces helped the latter to gain advantage.

Meanwhile, Davis Cup rookie Jed Olivarez and Tsitsipas younger brother will close out the day in the non-bearing second reverse singles rubber.

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