Monday, 17 December, 2018

Davis Cup 2017: Emotional Nick Kyrgios leads Australia to semi-finals

Aces wild as Kyrgios draws Isner in Davis Cup battle Aces wild as Kyrgios draws Isner in Davis Cup battle  06 Apr 2017- 22:01
Melissa Porter | 10 April, 2017, 01:17

He won just 62 percent of his first serve points while being broken four times, including twice in the final set, as Thompson gave Australia the early advantage with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory.

Australia will play either Belgium or Italy in September's semifinals, with Belgium leading that quarterfinal 2-1 ahead of Sunday's reverse singles. Kyrgios also battled back from 4-1 down in the third set, winning the final five games and 15 of the final 17 points to send Australian through to the semis.

John Peers and Sam Groth are due to take on Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, but Australian skipper Lleyton Hewitt suspects the Americans might change things up, possibly by injecting Sock into the mix. "We're still alive", said Courier.

BRISBANE-Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson gave Australia an unexpected 2-0 lead after the first day of their Davis Cup quarter-final against the United States in Brisbane on Friday.

The U.S. has won the title a leading 32 times, with Australia second on 28.

That worked for a while Sunday during an evenly-played first set, but Kyrgios gradually overpowered the American with his strong serves and backhand.

"I felt like I played well enough to beat anyone out there, but not Nick", Isner said. "That's what representing Australia is all about", Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said.

US captain Jim Courier replaced scheduled doubles player Sam Querrey with Sock about an hour ahead of Saturday's match, despite Sock having lost his singles match to Jordan Thompson on Friday.

"Hopefully we can close it out tomorrow, it's been an unbelievable day", Kyrgios said.

It clinched Australia's third and decisive win in the quarter-final and made it the third team in the semi-finals, joining France and Serbia.

"He (Isner) is one of the best players in the world".

Kyrgios racked up 15 aces to Isner's eight in taking a two-sets-to-love lead, out-serving an opponent who hit the most aces in men's tennis previous year and in four of the past seven seasons.

"When I was in the States playing, always kind of knew I had this big preparation to come here and play two big matches. Those guys watch me play a lot when I'm at the Masters events or playing semi-finals or finals and I can set a good example if I beat a lot of these guys".

"When you see players that have so much skill and charisma start to put it together, it's exciting for everyone involved in tennis".