Lim battles Tsitsipas as Cup unfolds

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    THE Philippines takes on World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Greeks in their Davis Cup World Group II playoff tie today at the Philippine Columbian Association’s Plaza Dilao courts in Paco, Manila.

    AJ Lim, 20, battles Tsitsipas at 10 a.m. while Jeson Patrombon clashes with the younger Tsitsipas in Petros.

    Lim is the underdog against Tsitsipas, who is riding the crest of a runner-up finish to Novak Djokovic in Dubai less than a week ago.

    But Lim can draw strength from the fact that he once defeated Tsitsipas in a doubles tournament in their junior days.

    But that was eons ago as the 21-year-old Tsitsipas had won four titles since turning pro to zoom to the top 10 in the world.

    “It was in the past and very long time ago,” said Lim. “I will just give it my best when we play tomorrow (today).

    For Tsitsipas, he will not take Lin lightly.

    “We’ll just take it match by match,” said Tsitsipas, who at 6-foot-4 towers above the 5-foot-7 Lim.

    Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales will team up against Petros Tsitsipas and Markos Kalovelonis in the doubles tomorrow.