Focused Kyrgios winning over his doubters

It may not win over all of his critics but it's certainly helping him win matches, including one over American John Isner as Australia went up 2-0 on a dream opening day of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in Brisbane.

The young Australian then held strong in the fourth, breaking Sock twice.

The hosts had put themselves in the driving seat by winning both singles rubbers on Friday, as Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios shone at Pat Rafter Arena under the guidance of team captain Lleyton Hewitt.

The last time the two met was in the final of the Atlanta Open in 2016 where Kyrgios was the 7-6 7-6 victor on that occasion, and this was equally tight. I still throw my racquet and still swear, but I will compete for every point. "I'm only human. I'm not going to change in that department", Kyrgios said.

"I feel comfortable playing second. And I returned really well today so I'm really happy to get the win".

"They just strung a few more returns together than what we did and we just didn't quite take care of our service games to build pressure on theirs, and that's what it came down to today", Peers said.

"People tend to forget that I am only 21".

"I got booed off the court at the Australian Open".

Australia, which lost in the semi-finals to Britain in 2015, last won the Davis Cup in 2003.

But teammate Jordan Thompson's 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over American Jack Sock, the highest-ranked player in the tie at No.15, set the Americans back on their heels. Was fatigue an issue?

The International Tennis Federation will consider at its annual general meeting in August whether ties from next year will be reduced to best-of-three matches instead of five, and be played over two days instead of three. What did he do well?

Thompson's first serve velocity averaged out at 190kmh through the first three sets, with his fastest ball clocking 222kmh, and he moved eagerly at the back of the court.

"There is no greater honour than wearing the green and gold and coming out here and representing your country", said Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt.

Hewitt added: "I couldn't be prouder of my boys".

"I served pretty well", Pouille said afterward. "I'll be out there for some of Thommo's match and I think it's a good match up with him against Sock".

"He lifts the standard around the team as well, not only in matches but in practice - and that's what I love to see".

The tie finished 3-2 in Australia's favour after Isner defeated Sam Groth in the final rubber.

  • Julie Sanders