Davis Cup: American Sock to play Aussie Thompson to open QF
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 7:57
"I think the last Davis Cup tie helped me a lot".
Kyrgios and American Jack Sock, the top-ranked players in the quarter-final teams, arrived in Brisbane after playing last week's Miami tournament.
The best-of-five match tie will be played on an outdoor hard court in Brisbane. The victor will play either Italy or Belgium in the semifinals in September.
The US leads Australia 26-20 in their Davis Cup meetings, including a victory by the Americans in last year's first round in Melbourne.
Nick Kyrgios is relishing being in the "best" mental shape of his career and credited the camaraderie of Australia's Davis Cup team for his ominous form during the US hardcourt swing.
Nick Kyrgios says he's never felt more focused in his tennis career and puts it all down to ongoing support from his Davis Cup teammates.
Thompson gets his chance to represent his country for a second time in the absence of Bernard Tomic, who declined to play the tie.
Team spirit: Sam Groth, Nick Kygrios, Lleyton Hewitt, Jordan Thompson and John Peers.
"I'm looking forward to getting back here and having some home support", said Kyrgios, who had to deal with a hostile crowd when he lost to Federer in Miami last week.
Isner has a 2-1 record against Kyrgios after beating the 21-year-old in their first two meetings at the Canadian and Madrid Masters tournaments in 2015 before losing in two tight sets in Atlanta last year.
"In my opinion I think he's a lot more mature now", Isner said of Kyrgios.
"That recommendation (for best-of-three sets matches played over two days) got some input from the top players in the world and that gives it a bit of impetus".
He's been able to take a post-Australian Open confidence bump and turn it into one of the hottest streaks of form on the ATP Tour, with a pair of wins over Novak Djokovic already on the resume for 2017.
Hewitt, a traditionalist, favors the current set-up, while Courier in the past has indicated that changes might be good for the competition.
"The positive is that Jordan has been in this situation before", captain Lleyton Hewitt said. "It would be pretty special to get to the final four".
Courier says he's hoping whatever happens, it will help improve the event.
"We don't know what's going to come, we're not part of that process intimately".
While he hasn't appointed a coach just yet, Kyrgios was relishing being back with the Davis Cup team, saying it brought the best out of him.