Aussie battler downs United States star in Davis Cup

The quarterfinal matchups for the Davis Cup have been announced on Thursday, with Australia's Jordan Thompson, ranked number 79 in the world, facing off against Jack Sock of the United States in the first match in Brisbane, on Friday.

AUSTRALIA'S Davis Cup banker Nick Kyrgios promised he will "compete for every point" in future but gave notice he will remain prone to swearing and racquet throwing. "I don't know. He played a good match so deserved to win".

Hewitt said it was no surprise Sock - the highest-ranked player in the tie - was subbed into the doubles after USA captain Jim Courier had telegraphed the possibility of a late change.

Just as he did against Isner, Kyrgios took a while to warm up and fell 3-0 down in the first set, double-faulting twice in his first service game.

I found out [I was playing] just the night before you guys.

American captain Jim Courier had said publicly all week that he respected the tenacity and fitness of Thompson, especially in a competition with the Davis Cup's capacity for upsets. The visitors have Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson listed to play Sam Groth and John Peers but that can all change until an hour before play.

He goes into the clash on the back of an unfortunate three tie-break sets loss to Roger Federer in last week's Miami Open semi-finals. That's the main thing, that's what I've been doing, and I've been doing it the right way.

"It's just me knuckling down for every point".

The fiery Kyrgios, often treated as the villain at overseas tournaments since he was suspended for not trying his best in a match last October, said he appreciated the support from the home crowd of 5780.

Hewitt has managed to create a chemistry within his Davis Cup team that has helped them feed off one another, even when they are on the road.

"I was hurting physically and they (the physios) did well to keep me in good shape so we could get into the semi-finals".

"I made the quarter-finals of two Grand Slams playing five sets".

Pouille, the world number 17 and his team's top singles player in the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, swept the breaker before dominating the decider.

The 24-year-old American has already won two ATP titles this year and beat Grigor Dimitrov, the Brisbane International victor and Australian Open semi-finalist, two weeks ago.

  • Julie Sanders