Hewitt axes Kokkinakis for Davis Cup semi

17 September, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • Nick Kyrgios Fought back to win

That week in Perth, Australia, he went undefeated in singles matches including wins over Alexandr Dolgopolov, Alexander Zverev, and Andy Murray.

The 33-year-old Darcis brought the home crowd to the edge of delirium as he built a two-sets-to-one lead when Kyrgios misfired on a forehand to drop the third-set tie break.

Mercurial Nick Kyrgios has revealed that the prospect of helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in 14 years is his motivation after another roller-coaster year on the tour.

The shattered Queenslander matched his opponent shot for shot for large periods of the three-and-a-half hour encounter before the 12th-ranked Belgian prevailed 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 6-3 7-5.

There was a minor upset in the opening match-up, in which Dusan Lajovic scored an unexpected 6-1, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 success over world No. 22 Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman never found the right tempo, made wrong tactical choices, and hit a total of 70 unforced errors. "I've got a great team behind me that'll be playing each point with me and I think that's the beauty of this competition". Set to face David Goffin on Day 1 and Steve Darcis on Day 3, the Australian will like his chances.

Kyrgios fired 34 aces and 41 winners to take his Davis Cup singles record to seven wins in eight, as Australia finished the day at 1-1 after world number 12 David Goffin had beaten 185-ranked John Millman 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

Belgium are bidding to appear in the final again after losing out to Britain in 2015, while Australia are looking for a first title since 2003.

"Djokovic pulling out is very good news for the team", Noah said. And one of the things that impacts that is the media and how I feel I'm being portrayed in it. Wimbledon this year was a case in point. The tie will be played on an indoor clay court. "I wanted to win but I also wanted to make it as physical as possible".

"Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year".

Lajovic had cramps in his right foot towards the end of the fourth set and needed some help from Serbia player and captain Nenad Zimonjic to put his shoe back on after hitting an overhead victor for a 5-4 lead in the fourth-set tiebreaker.

"He hasn't played that many big matches at the moment, particularly over five sets".

Pouille was impatient too often, trying to shorten the points instead of making his opponent run.

"I was proud of how Nick stood up early in that fourth set".

But the relief did not last.

John Peers and Jordan Thompson beat Rubens Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef 6-3 6-4 6-0 on clay in Brussels.

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