Great comeback from the third set Burna Jojo Dramatic sealed United Cup Croatia won Tuesday in Perth, beating world No. 144 Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (5) to secure his country’s match in the City finals against Greece.
The pressure was on Gojo after world number four Caroline Garcia upset Petra Martic in straight sets to cut France’s deficit in the decisive Group F match to 1-2, but the 24-year-old was cool under pressure in two matches. – Victories over an opponent who is 98 places above him in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
Some huge serves ensured Gojo kept a foothold in the rubber as Mannarino became the dominant player in the second and third sets, but the Frenchman failed to serve for the match at 5-3 in the decider and Gojo’s newfound momentum pushed him to three match points in the twelfth game.
Mannarino remained normally calm to save them all, but Gojo was not denied as he opened up an unassailable 5/1 lead at the end of the tie-break en route to a 2 hour 50 minute victory as he shot down 14 aces. .
“I don’t know [how I won]Gojo said after the match. “There is no real answer. I just tried to get support from the team and tap into the energy. I was a little third, and thanks to them, I won. Without them, I would have lost.”
Croatian captain Iva Majoli was happy to secure victory in the match with just one match remaining after Mannarino had entered a match from Group F.
“We knew 2-0 is a big lead and we put more pressure on France today,” Maguly said. “But we knew every game was going to be tough today. They had their best players playing, very open matches. I mean, it could have gone both ways. Mixed, you never know. Maybe they were a little favorite in the mix.
“I am always very positive, I always believe in the players, even sometimes when we are underdogs, I feel positive. It was the same today. Petra was very close, but then Borna played great and closed the game.”
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Garcia, the WTA Finals champion, had earlier defeated Martic in a must-win rubber game to keep France’s hopes of advancing to the City Finals alive. Garcia came into conflict with Martic with a promising 4-1 head-to-head record. The WTA Finals champion cemented that, going 5-1 with a 7-6(9), 6-4 victory as Martic denied a chance at victory for her team.
As befits a competition between two of the best servers in the round, the first group went to the wire and was decided by the thinnest margins. Through the first 12 games, it was Martic who managed to get more chances on the comeback, deploying her slashing backhand to good effect – including a lofty single lob that left García teetering.
Garcia needed her best serve to save break points in games one and nine; By contrast, despite serving second, Martić only conceded four points behind her delivery over her first 12 matches.
The ensuing tiebreaker was an exciting microcosm of the match as a whole. Momentum switched back and forth between the pair, and Garcia needed to save one set point at 6/7 before converting her fifth by putting in a short forehand.
Garcia still had to avoid two more break points early in the second set, but that was her last moment of danger. In the next game, she smashed Martek to love, capping off the game by lunging forward off her return and finding the winning goal with a curling shot to the net on its way to the open court.
The Frenchwoman, who hit seven aces among 33 winners in total, would drop just four more points as she held the lead until the end of the match.
“It was a very difficult match,” said Garcia. “I was expecting a tough battle against Petra – we play twice in 2022, it will always be a serve battle, and who can be the most aggressive. The first set was some great tennis, especially the intensity of the tiebreaker – that was a crazy scenario. I’m glad I was able to keep Calm and very focused, one point at a time, even after I’ve made a few unforced errors.”