The double pairing of Luke Saville and John Peers has fought off an inspired challenge from their Greek opponents to hold Australia with a chance to advance to the next level of the ATP Cup

Specialist doubled the players Saville and Peers and defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas and Michail Pervolarakis 6: 3, 4: 6, 7: 6 (10: 5) Australia won the tie 2-1 after Alex de Minaur lost his previous single game and John Millman won his

De Minaur and Millman had played against Tsitsipas and Pervolarakis, with both Greek players falling for the double decision

Australia could still prevail as one of the top two runners-up in the ATP Cup, with Greece going up against Spain, but the schedule is in doubt as this game has been postponed along with all the other games at Melbourne Park on Thursday

Formerly Sternwelt Nr6 Tsitsipas defeated de Minaur 6: 3, 7: 5 in a brilliant competition to bring the tie to 1: 1

De Minaur was superior from the start of the game when Tsitsipas broke him in game two and then game six after the Australian fell back

The 22-year-old Greek star dominated – despite this one loss of service – with his outstanding strokes on the ground The climax was a sweet backhand down the line to bring the result to 5-2 in the first set

Tsitsipas’ prediction that de Minaur would fight for his serve and volley turned out to be correct in the first set, with the 21-year-old proving too weak in the former and sloppy in the latter, too casual error

As always, however, he showed spirit, and a lot helped him avoid getting blown out of the water and getting shots back when Tsitsipas was at the top of rallies in the second set

He was also excellent when he was aggressive later in the second set, and thankfully cleared up mistakes from his forehand

Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (right) is congratulated by Australian Alex de Minaur (left) in Melbourne Park Credit: AP

But Tsitsipas saved a 5-4 target, and then de Minaur missed a slight volley to lose the game, followed by a break for the Greek after two casual mistakes by the Australian Tsitsipas then served the match

In the first game, Millman recovered from a drink from Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta to defeat Pervolarakis 6-2, 6-3 and give Australia a perfect start

Millman looked rusty against the world16 Spaniards on Tuesday night, but on Wednesday night – before a milder test against World Nr462 Pervolarakis – found things a lot easier

World Nr38 took more risks and tried to hit the line more regularly That paid off and pushed his opponent into uncomfortable areas at an early stage

Millman couldn’t afford to sleep on the 24-year-old, however The pair played in the ATP Cup last year and it took three sets and a tie to give the Australian victory on that occasion

This time around, however, Pervolarakis had lost eight games in a row before coming to the Rod Laver Arena, and he looked quite inappropriate at times

Millman dropped out in game four of the first set after the initial swap was a bit of a war of attrition and never looked back The break was secured with a nice forehand from deep behind the baseline

He held a double deuce game to make it 5-2 and then broke again to win the set 6-2

The Queenslander then broke his rival in the fourth game of the second set, opening a 3-1 lead that was never overcome Millman’s confidence grew as the game progressed as his list of winners and second serve efficiency also increased

On the other night between Russia and Japan, Andrey Rublev did easy work for his opponent Yoshihito Nishioka (6: 1, 6: 3) to give Russia an early lead.Kei Nishikori then lost to Daniil Medvedev 6: 2, 6 : 4

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