Davis Cup against Bulgaria
On April 4 i was to live one of the most important moments, so far of course, in my life! In Ilioupoli Tennis club in Athens our Greek National Davis Cup Team had to face Bulgaria and Grigor Dimitrov was a member of their team!
No 15 of the world was here to play against us and suddenly everyone were involved in tennis in GREECE found in panic…!
Live tv broadcasting from NovaSports 4, interviews, press conferences, extra piers in the stadium of the main court and a lots of enthusiasm, like never before in Greece for our sport, since 2004 in Olympic Games of Athens…!
4 days training in the clay courts of Ilioupoli, together with Angelinos, Jacupovic, Kapogiannis and Mikos by Kalovelonis George (captain) and Kanavarakis Dimitris (fitness coach) passed so fast and Thursday, the day of the draw finally came!
Our team captain surprised us, when he announced that he choose me to play against Grigor Dimitrov on Friday and that became even tougher when the draw showed that I will play first match…!
At least 1.500 people were in the stadium on the first day in the parade of the nations and really the emotions that I felt can not be described…!
Anyway I don’t want to say more and I will stay in what I said to the press after the match and my defeat by 36,36,06: ‘’ At first I was a little nervous but I got over it. I am more confident now because I saw that I can play at a very high level. It's nice to play with such good players because they give rhythm and play correctly. In the first two sets i played pretty well, but I even could earn more points in my serve and to hold more in the second set.’’
After my match Ted lost, despite his heroic effort, by 1-3 sets, betrayed by his body and the cramps in his legs from Kutrovsky, so the score in the tie was 2-0 for Bulgaria…!
Second day and again crowded piers for the doubles…!
Me and Alex against Dimitrov and Kutrovsky in a match that we have to win, if we want to stay in the tie…!
It was really pity, cause it could be completely another match if we would take the first set...!
65 up on serve 30-30 but finally we lost the set on tiebreak…! Final score 67(4),26,46. Like i said to the press after the match: ''I am happy because I showed that I can stand on a very high level. The problem is the duration and that requires hard work.'' I also have to say thanks to Grigor Dimitrov for his compliment about my game and I also promise you, that we will come back next year to Europe/Africa Group 2...!
Third day Alex won his match against Halachev, which was very important for our psychology and Harris lost from Kutrovsky but he took the first set by playing really excellent..!
This tie now belongs to history and the lights have gone out, but in my mind and in my heart will be forever clad…!
Once again I want to thank the HTF, all the mass media who cover the tie, especially the NovaSports and the TennisNews.gr and of course all of you, who stood by us and supported our efforts and I hope that the GREEK tennis, will soon live and other great moments like that and from now on…will be victorious!
Stay in touch…!!!