Greece – Romania 1-0 in Davis Cup | Nicholas Ionel, unexpected failure before the 1433 ATP spot

Greece – Romania 1-0 in Davis Cup | Nicholas Ionel, unexpected failure before the 1433 ATP spot
Greece – Romania 1-0 in Davis Cup | Nicholas Ionel, unexpected failure before the 1433 ATP spot
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UPDATE | Greece’s men’s tennis team leads Romania 2-0 on Saturday in Athens after Nicholas David Ionel was surprisingly defeated by Aristotelis Thanos 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in play on Saturday night -off for Davis Cup World Group I.

Nicholas David Ionel (21 years old, 265 ATP) played poorly and lost after two hours and 17 minutes to a quasi-amateur, Aristotelis Thanos (22 years old), ranked 1,433 in the world ranking, so the Romanian team is practically defeated after the first day.

Romania’s best racket played a decent first set, winning 6-4, but then it evolved more and more poorly, with a lot of errors, so Thanos managed to equalize the situation in sets, winning the second with 6-3. Ionel was not even in the decider, in which the Greek clearly dominated and won 6-2, although he committed 8 double faults in this match.

UPDATE | Stefanos Tsitsipas scored the first point for Greece in the duel with Marius Copil. The Greek prevailed with the score of 6-3, 6-4, after an hour and 17 minutes of play. In the second singles match, Nicholas David Ionel (21 years old, 265 ATP) and Aristotelis Thanos (22 years old, 1,433 ATP) will meet, a duel for the first time.

Romanian tennis player Marius Copil will face Stefanos Tsitsipas, world number 10, on Saturday, from 16:00, in the first singles match of the meeting between the teams of Greece and Romania, in the play-off for World Group I of the Cup Davis, according to the draw carried out on Friday in Athens, writes Agerpres.

Copil (33 years old, 283 ATP) met Stefanos Tsitsipas (25 years old) only once before, in 2017, in the semifinals in Brest, the Greek winning 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/3) . In the second singles match, Nicholas David Ionel (21 years old, 265 ATP) and Aristotelis Thanos (22 years old, 1,433 ATP) will meet, a duel for the first time.

Sunday will start with the doubles match (12:00), which will oppose the pair made up of Marius Copil (815 ATP doubles) and Victor Vlad Cornea (30 years old, 68 ATP doubles) and the brothers Petros Tsitsipas (23 years old, 107 ATP in doubles) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (125 ATP in doubles). In the third singles match, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nicholas David Ionel will face each other, a first. The last singles match will pit Copil and Thanos, who have never met before.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Marius Copil open the Davis Cup match between Greece and Romania. Full program

The matches will take place on a hard surface, in the Liossia Olympic Sports Hall in Athens. The non-playing captain Gabriel Trifu also has at his disposal Cezar Creţu (22 years old, 359 ATP singles) and Luca Preda (17 years old, 1,099 ATP). The team led by Dimitris Hatzinikolaou also includes Alexandros Skorilas (23 years old, 75 ATP singles) and Ioannis Xilas (22 years old, 1,286 ATP singles).

Romania and Greece faced each other twice in the Davis Cup, each having one victory. In 1933, Greece won 4-1 in Athens in the second round of the Europe zone. Romania won in 1970, with 5-0, in Bucharest, in the quarters of the Europe zone, the victories being achieved by Ilie Năstase, Ion Ţiriac, Viorel Marcu, Sever Mureşan and the pair Ilie Năstase/Ion Ţiriac.

In the previous match, Romania was defeated 3-1 by Taiwan in the first round of World Group I of the Davis Cup, at Tennis Club Idu in Mamaia. Greece lost in the same phase against Slovakia 1-3, in Athens.

The article is in Romanian

Tags: Greece Romania Davis Cup Nicholas Ionel unexpected failure ATP spot

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