Nick Kyrgios holds nerve to draw Australia level with Belgium

Lynette Rowe
September 17, 2017

At stake, is a place in the title match.

In recent times, Belgium has had the wood on Australia - winning on both clay and hardcourt in 2007 and 2010.

In the other semifinal in Brussels, Belgium will host 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay.

David Goffin, like Kyrgios, performs well in Davis Cup so if the two meet in the 4th rubber on Sunday, it would definitely be worth watching. Goffin, ranked 12th in the world, has also been under an injury cloud since Roland Garros. In World Group play-offs, Marin Cilic will lead 2016 finalist Croatia against Columbia, Kazakhstan play Argentina, and Japan take on Brazil.

Darcis, who famously beat Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2013, is ranked number 77 in the world and owns a 21-8 singles record. Switzerland are without Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka in a tie with Belarus, Canada minus injured Milos Raonic host India, Germany face Portugal, the Czech Republic clash with the Netherlands, and Russian Federation play Hungary.

Saturday's doubles action sees Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef take on Australia's John Peers and Jordan Thompson while in the other tie, the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut face Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

"But this Davis Cup tie has alway been at the back of my mind and I wanted to peak for this week".

Belgian's medical team have been working round the clock to ensure Goffin's presence after the Belgian star injured his left knee at the US Open. Darcis has the experience and nous to lead his country back to the final.

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"There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters".

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios said he no longer understands fellow tour pro Bernard Tomic and is "nothing like him".

Kyrgios told the Davis Cup website afterwards: "Lleyton [Hewitt] and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year". He has created history when representing his country before, however.

The win followed Lucas Pouille's shock defeat in the opening singles match.

"We are sufficiently intelligent to know that it's going to be a hard match", the 1983 French Open victor said.

Neither of the Belgians play a great deal of doubles but with Peers' regular Davis Cup partner Sam Groth not in the team, the Aussies will field a new-look doubles team.

Over to you, Nick Kyrgios. Australia will fancy their chances in the doubles, meaning that if Kyrgios can win his two singles matches, Australia will be moving on to the final.

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