Kyrgios, Goffin shine as Belgium, Australia set up semi-final clash
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 17:41
Querrey rustled up two break points on the Australian's first service game in the third set and although Kyrgios saved them both, the American converted a third two games later for a 3-1 lead.
"Jordan played great yesterday, deserved the win and was the better player, but today we had to regroup and come out and get the win", said world number 15 Sock, who will face the in-form Kyrgios in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday.
Sock replaced Querrey in Saturday's doubles and paired up with Steve Johnson to beat Sam Groth and John Peers 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3 to keep the visitors alive at 2-1.
Thompson, playing only his second Davis Cup tie, went into the match against the American number one as the huge underdog.
"I think we can win it".
"I couldn't be prouder of my boys".
Another barrage of huge serves saw Kyrgios steal a march in the second set tiebreak and after running the big American all over the court, he grabbed the set with a cheeky drop-shot.
United States captain Jim Courier says he has maintained for years that instead of Davis Cup being played over four weeks each year it should be held in one location as a two-week event, except in Olympic Games years. Despite being 35 years old and one of the oldest players in every tournament he enters, Roger Federer is once again the dominant player on the ATP Tour.
The Australian went down a mini-break with Isner serving at 5-4 in the final tiebreaker, but he connected on two clutch return of serves to give himself a match point and then clinched the victory with his 20th ace.
Kyrgios, who once confessed to not enjoying the game, said he was in a much better place now and his recent results reflected his mindset.
One more win will send Australia through to a semi-final date with Belgium or Italy in September.
"Obviously the way I've been playing for the past two months has created an expectation these couple of days", he added.
The right-hander had won one match only since the February tie and also suffered an ankle injury, but has rallied when representing his country, pointing to a big tattoo on his right biceps of the Australian Olympic logo, inked after his Rio Games campaign previous year. "We weren't going to go down without a fight". "I've been putting my head down and I returned really well".
If Kyrgios can not finish the job it will fall to Jordan Thompson, who battles Isner in Sunday's second match.