Kyrgios Outduels Darcis to Even Australia with Belgium

Kyrgios Outduels Darcis to Even Australia with Belgium

"We were pretty good mates when I was younger", he said. Australia has a slight edge given their team, but playing at home on their choice of surface (clay) will be huge for Belgium.

'Lleyton and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year, ' Kyrgios said, referring to Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt.

Belgium and Australia are also tied 1-1 after the opening rubbers in Brussels.

Kyrgios has penned a typically forthright column for the new website PlayersVoice, where Australian sportspeople write unfiltered, first-person content.

Doubles stars John Peers and Jordan Thompson are in action overnight (NZ time) when they take on Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef. Tsonga, who became a father this year and will be playing his first Davis Cup match of the season this weekend, managed to win just one match since a third round exit in Wimbledon, while Pouille's quick progression has been slowed down this season.

After a career best victory over Jack Sock in Australia's quarter-final triumph over the US, Thompson would be the logical choice but Hewitt may elect to go with Kokkinakis, who has earned a well-deserved recall to the Davis Cup team on the back of some strong results in his return from injury.

Australia took a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium with victory in the doubles.

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Kyrgios appears to be over the shoulder injury which short-circuited his US Open campaign, and a 3-0 head-to-head record against Belgian no.1 Goffin augurs well for the Aussie no.1. I think he's the best captain we've ever had.

Australia's No. 1 player nearly saw his team put on the brink of defeat going into the doubles tilt, but Kyrgios had other ideas.

World No.20 Nick Kyrgios will take on Steve Darcis in the second singles match on day one.

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

Kyrgios battled back to keep alive his nation's hopes of first final appearance in the prestigious team event in 14 years, seeing off a determined Darcis in a five-set thriller to level the tie at 1-1.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the U.S. past year.

Kyrgios's commitment to the tournament has grown in importance since Bernard Tomic, the country's other half-hearted talent, has crashed out of the top 100 through a combination of missing tournaments and not training very hard.