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Hewitt names unchanged team for Davis Cup quarterfinal


Tuesday March 28, 2017
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Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has named an unchanged team for the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tie against the United States, with Nick Kyrgios, Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers set to represent the host nation at Queensland Tennis Centre, in Brisbane, from 7 to 9 April 2017.

Having inspired Australia to victory over Czech Republic in the last round at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, the quartet will again wear the green and gold in the upcoming clash between the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history.

“All the boys are really excited about the Davis Cup quarterfinal, it should be a great tie against a very strong American side,” said Hewitt, Australia’s most successful Davis Cup player with a total of 58 victories.

“Nick’s obviously our number one player, and we’ll be relying on him heavily to get us through the tie. He’s beaten a lot of quality players since our first round tie against the Czech Republic, and I feel the court in Brisbane is really going to suit him. He couldn’t be in better form, and I really feel that he’s in the right frame to go out there and get the job done.

“It’s also a big opportunity for Jordan. He did everything that was asked of him at the last tie in Kooyong. He was the underdog in the first match on court against the Czech Republic’s number one player, but he handled it amazingly well. A quarterfinal against the States will be another step up, but I’ve got full confidence in him.

“As for Sam and John, they’ve played a couple of ties together now and have improved every time. They’ll have to step up again, but they understand one another’s game very well so I’m sure they’ll give a great account of themselves.”

Kyrgios, the current world No.16, will again lead the Australian team. This morning, the 21-year-old took his tally of wins in 2017 to 12 in 15 matches after he defeated Ivo Karlovic in the third round of the Miami Open.

Kyrgios is currently in a rich vein of form, with recent highlights including a quarterfinal showing at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Indian Wells, where he defeated world No.2 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round. He also defeated Djokovic during his run to the semifinals in Acapulco, and reached the final four in Marseille.

Thompson first rose to prominence when he beat David Ferrer on his way to reaching the quarterfinal of Brisbane International 2017 presented by Suncorp. The world No.79 returns to Pat Rafter Arena intent on building on a superb Davis Cup debut, in which he beat both Jiri Vesely and Jan Satral to help Australia cruise to a 4-1 triumph over Czech Republic last month.

Groth and Peers effectively sealed the victory by winning the doubles rubber to establish an unassailable 3-0 lead. The win capped a memorable seven days for Peers, who claimed his first Grand Slam title the previous week in the men’s doubles final at Australian Open 2017.

United States captain Jim Courier will name his side later today, with his team expected to remain unchanged from the first round.

Davis Cup single session tickets are now available to purchase via Ticketek.

News Source: Tennis Australia