Davis Cup: Australia clinches quarterfinal win over US

Nick Kyrgios played a big part in the win as he put Australia in the Davis Cup semi-finals with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-4 victory over Sam Querrey, the world No.25, making the score 3-1.

Italy had halved their deficit in the doubles on Saturday but Paolo Lorenzi was unable to keep their fightback going as Goffin won the fourth rubber 6-3 6-3 6-2, leaving Joris De Loore's match with Alessandro Giannessi a mere formality.

"I've got a head cold right now and trying to fight through it - not feeling great".

Sock declined to say at his press conference after his loss to Thompson why he had played with such fatigue, but later on Friday told the Davis Cup website he was struggling with a cold.

The victor of the quarterfinal will play Italy or Belgium in September. I've played a lot of tennis in the last month.

World number 16 Kyrgios lifted Hewitt up as Australia celebrated their victory. Though Kyrgios and Australian tennis have had their squabbles over the last couple years, his bond with captain Lleyton Hewitt has mended fences (at least for now) and turned the controversial star into the squad's engine. I haven't been going back to the hotel hating the game or trying to just get through every day.

Querrey had prevailed in his last meeting with Kyrgios in the semi-finals of February's Mexican Open and has the same type of power-serving style as the lanky John Isner, who initially troubled the 21-year-old on Friday.

"It was a tough third set there, I was down a break and obviously a lot of emotions, I was close to the finish line", Kyrgios said of his Sunday match. "My game is feeling good", Sock said.

In the fifth set, the Americans broke Peers' serve to love and outplayed the Australians to clinch the match.

AMERICAN Jack Sock has redeemed himself to take the Davis Cup quarter-final against Australia into a deciding day after making good in his late substitution into the doubles.

Kyrgios said he was not surprised to see Sam Querrey drafted in to play him after American No.1 Jack Sock had played singles and doubles on the first two days.

His past was all but forgotten by the packed crowd at the Pat Rafter Arena, who chanted his name as he ran to Hewitt and carried him around the court in delight.

"We know it's a huge mountain to climb still, but I'm super proud of these guys today".

However, the home side's hopes of a clean sweep were dashed when Davis Cup debutant Prajnesh Gunneswaran lost to Temur Ismailov 7-5 6-3 in a hard-fought second reverse singles.

  • Leroy Wright


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