Tallon Greek track lost to Jordan Thompson (4-6, 7-5 and 6-3) in Málaga on Tuesday in the meeting between the Netherlands and Australia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Finals. As a result, the team of captain Paul Haarhuis faces a 1-0 deficit. Two points are enough for the win.
The 26-year-old Greek track started moderately in his match against Thompson. The Dutch number 96 in the world immediately surrendered his service, but managed to break back his opponent in the following game. With a 2-3 score, Greek track again won a storage game against Thompson and went on to win the set.
In the second act, the players were very evenly matched. Some games took a very long time and were only decided after several deuce. At a 5-6 score, the Greek track was the first to hand in his service, so that the 28-year-old Thompson came alongside.
A third set was needed and both players gave each other little. On the decisive points, number 84 in the world Thompson was just a bit sharper. He broke Greek track one service game and then gave team captain Lleyton Hewitt’s Australia a 1-0 lead.
Van de Zandschulp in second singles match
Later in the day, Botic van de Zandschulp takes to the track on behalf of the Netherlands. If the 27-year-old Veenendaler loses his singles match to Alex de Minaur, the Netherlands will be eliminated and Australia will secure a place in the semi-finals. Spain or Croatia is the opponent in this.
With a win by Van de Zandschulp, a double play in the evening will bring the decision. On behalf of the Netherlands, Wesley Koolhof and Matwé Middelkoop will compete against Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden, who won Wimbledon this year.
The Netherlands had reached the knockout phase of the Davis Cup Finals in the Spanish city by surprisingly finishing first in a group with Great Britain, the United States and Kazakhstan. The possible semi-final battle of the Netherlands is scheduled for Thursday. Sunday is the final of the Davis Cup Finals.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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