The final phase of the 2022 Davis Cup has restarted in Malaga with a standoff as the week should have a few more in store for us. The Australian Jordan Thompson tipped, with experience and mentality, the number two match against the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (4-6, 7-5, 6-3) in 2h53.
The result puts Australia 1-0 up in the first quarter-final ahead of the No. 1 match between Alex de Minaur and Botic Van de Zandschulp.
Griekspoor, 81st in the world and preferred to Tim van Rijthoven (110th), moved two games away from victory at 6-4, 5-5 in his favor but Thompson, 86th, held his nerves better by winning his serve then breaking to the next game. At the best time!
Thompson a held
The Dutchman can regret his lack of efficiency on break points, with two out of eleven converted. He may have suffered from a lack of confidence linked to his recent results on the circuit, with six defeats in his last seven games, including one against Vasek Pospisil, 149th in the world, in Tel Aviv.
Thompson, preferred to Kokkinakis (95th in the world), sharpened his statistics in the Davis Cup since he has five wins in seven singles. He was able to hold on when Griekspoor’s aggressiveness was close to breaking him, like in the very long games at 1-1 then 3-3 in the second set.
Australia are looking to win their 29th Davis Cup, their first since 2017. The Netherlands are so far looking to match their best result, a semi-final in 2001.
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