Kyrgios leads Australia to Davis Cup triumph
Nick Kyrgios produced another stellar performance to lead Australia to a 3-2 victory over the USA in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal in Brisbane.
Kyrgios overpowered Sam Querrey, who replaced American No.1 Jack Sock, in today’s fourth rubber to secure Australia’s place in the semifinals for the second time in three years.
Cheered on by a strong crowd of 5,823 at Queensland Tennis Centre, Kyrgios came back from an early break to take the first set 7-6(4), before winning the next two 6-3 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash in September with either Italy or Belgium.
In the fifth and final rubber, John Isner defeated Sam Groth – who replaced Jordan Thompson – in straight sets to restore some American pride.
Australia will learn their semifinal opponents on Monday morning, with Belgium currently leading Italy 2-1 in Charleroi. The last time Australia reached the last four of the Davis Cup was in 2015, when they lost 3-2 to Great Britain in Glasgow.
On Friday, Jordan Thompson maintained his impressive record in the competition by beating Sock 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4 in the opening rubber, while Kyrgios then put the host nation in charge of the tie by defeating Isner in straight sets to extend his rich vein of form.
A rejuvenated Sock then partnered Steve Johnson to defeat Groth and John Peers in a five set Saturday doubles thriller.
Groth and Peers had grabbed the early advantage by taking the first set in front of a raucous home crowd in Brisbane, but the American pair hit back and eventually prevailed 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3.
News Source: Tennis Australia
Davis Cup Quarter Final Results:
R1: Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Jack Sock (USA) 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4
R2: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d John Isner (USA) 7-5 7-6(5) 7-6(5)
R3: Jack Sock / Steve Johnson (USA) d Sam Groth / John Peers (AUS) 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3
R4: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Sam Querrey (USA) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4
R5: John Isner (USA) d Sam Groth (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-3