Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Goffin sends Belgium into semi-final against Australia

Goffin sends Belgium into semi-final against Australia

Australia's Nick Kyrgios celebrates with team captain Lleyton Hewitt after winning his Davis Cup quarter-final match against Sam Querrey of the US at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, Australia, April 9, 2017.

Kyrgios will still have plenty of critics but recent results - including two wins over Novak Djokovic and a semi-final loss to eventual champion Roger Federer in Miami - mean he's now one of the hottest players on tour.

The 21-year-old Australian, who has been in the form of his life over the last month, gave up an early service break on the back of a couple of double faults.

“Hes one of the best servers in the world, a proven player.”.

"The positive is that Jordan has been in this situation before", captain Lleyton Hewitt said.

Courier said his team would rally around Sock and noted that his U.S. team had lost to Croatia previous year from two matches up after the first day.

Kyrgios, who has polarised Australian tennis lovers, rode a wave of noisy support from a home crowd who were chanting his surname after pulling off a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4 win over American substitute Sam Querrey.

Sock was penetrative as any player on court in the fifth set after he was drafted into the doubles with Steve Johnson and reduced Australia's lead in the tie to 2-1 at Pat Rafter Arena. "I was not trying to go too big, that's not within my game".

Despite a slow start when he went down 3-0 in the opening set, Kyrgios recovered quickly and was always slightly on top of Isner.

Australia made the semi-finals in 2006 and 2015 since its last Davis Cup title in 2003. I still throw my racquet and still swear, but I will compete for every point. "But today we were able to regroup and get a win".

Visiting captain Jim Courier continued to mix things up on Sunday and sent Querrey in for world number 15 Sock, a gambit that initially looked like succeeding in unsettling Kyrgios.

"They played great tennis in the first and we thought we could change momentum a bit".

"They've put so much hard work and effort into this campaign".

The American number one looked the more risky in the third but Thompson held on to force a tiebreak, gaining a vital break before taking the set when Sock double-faulted.

Kyrgios, a polarising figure in tennis but one nearly always well supported at Australian tournaments, said he welcomed the home crowd assistance towards ending the country's 14-year wait for another Davis Cup title.

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