Basilashvili Completes Team Georgia's First Tie Win
Metreveli earns second tour-level victory
Basilashvili edged past Pablo Cuevas of Team Uruguay 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes, following on from Metreveli’s second tour-level victory over Franco Roncadelli 6-2, 6-1 in the first singles match of the Group B encounter.
“I think I had many kind of opportunities during the match to win and I'm happy,” said Basilashvili. “The courts are a bit slow here, so sometimes I'm struggling to finish the point. In general, it was an interesting match and I am happy how I played today.
“It’s a very well organised tournament [and a] very interesting atmosphere. It’s a different kind of team spirit and I really enjoyed being near teammates and I think it's very nice. I think, overall, for everybody who was from Georgia, they had a very good experience. They're extremely happy and they're going to take a lot from this tournament into their careers. I think that Alek's won today was very important. And two days ago, we also won the doubles [against Team Japan] and we were also were very happy for that.”
Ariel Bahar and Cuevas swept aside and Aleksandre Bakshi and Metreveli 6-2, 6-2 in the doubles match.
Basilashvili made the early running against Cuevas, who saved seven break points before losing his serve in the ninth game of the first set. When Basilashvili served at 5-4, 40/0, Cuevas received a code violation and threatened to walk off the court, putting his racquet in his bag, but soon returned and capitalised on poor timing from Basilashvili, particularly off his forehand wing to run through the second set.
Both players tightened up in the 54-minute decider, with Cuevas saving break points in the fourth and eighth games. The 34-year-old Uruguayan held his nerve once again on serve at 4-5, when Basilashvili missed out on four match points because of two groundstroke errors and great defence from Cuevas in a 13-minute game. But Cuevas double-faulted on Basilashvili’s fifth match point.
Metreveli hit 14 winners in his victory over Roncadelli in 52 minutes. The 26-year-old, a grandson of former World No. 9 and 1973 Wimbledon finalist Alex Metreveli, lost just seven service points and broke serve five times.
Uruguay finished Group B with a 0-3 ties record.