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Lleyton Hewitt reveals a softer side to countryman Nick Kyrgios

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Kristopher Love | 04 February, 2018, 12:13

Kyrgios had won three of their four career FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings coming to the tie, including when they last met in the China Open semi-finals a year ago.

Zverev made short work of Kyrgios in the third set to secure a win and improve his head-to-head record to 5-2 against the Australian No. 1 in all competitions. It was a very different victory for Zverev, who on the opening day needed a fifth-set tie-break to beat 18-year-old Davis Cup debutant Alex de Minaur.

Australia had to win both reverse singles rubbers on Sunday to claim the tie after doubles pairing John Peers and Matthew Ebden lost in five sets to Struff and Tim Puetz on Saturday.

He said, "It's up to only them to fix.we have a few wrong people in that organisation and I hope that can change and I hope the best players can be playing Davis Cup again".

On Sunday, the image of Kyrgios was that of a shattered man whose Davis Cup ambitions were cut down by injury at the worst possible time.

Given his form on Friday against Jan-Lennard Struff and his strong record against the tall 20-year-old, there was every chance that Kyrgios could send it into a decider, which would have pitted John Millman against Peter Gojowczyk.

Zverev's big serve finally proved the difference as he held out Sydney-born, Spain-based de Minaur 7-5 4-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4).

Alexander Zverev has powered Germany through to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group, beating Australia's Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first reverse singles Sunday.

Kyrgios won the Brisbane International to start the season but he said he would probably hand that back if it meant getting Australia through to the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

The best of five hardcourt tie's victor advances to the quarterfinals from April 6-8 while the losing nation will contest September's World Cup playoffs.

Former world No.1 Hewitt though kept special praise for Kyrgios after levelling the tie.

"I think he's really matured over the last six months and I think the Davis Cup has helped that".

"It's tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance. It affected me a fair bit in my match", Kyrgios said. Does he play qualifying in the (United) States or back himself to win a couple of matches in qualifying at ATP level, " Masur said.

"My biggest weapon (serve) was not really there and that affects the rest of my game", he said. Australia will contest September's World Group playoffs.