Nick Kyrgios ready to lead Australia to Davis Cup final

Doug Mendoza
September 17, 2017

"We've known each other for a very long time, so that makes getting down together at the same end of the court pretty easy", Peers said.

In recent times, Belgium has had the wood on Australia - winning on both clay and hardcourt in 2007 and 2010.

"Davis Cup is one of the most important events that I can play", said the No. 20-ranked Kygrios ahead of Australia's first away match this year.

The tie between Australia and Belgium will be broadcast live and free on Channel Seven's 7TWO on Friday night, Channel 7 and 7mate on Saturday night (check your local guides) and 7TWO on Sunday night.

The world No.12 was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by Hewitt on Thursday.

In Lille, Dusan Lajovic made a mockery of the absence of Novak Djokovic to give Serbia a shock lead over France in their semi-final.

Nick Kyrgios recovered from two sets to one down against Steve Darcis to pull Australia level at 1-1 in the Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium.

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Whoever Hewitt sticks with will have a great chance to overcome the Belgians' likely no.2 singles player in Steve Darcis or Ruben Bemelmans. Switzerland are without Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka in a tie with Belarus, Canada minus injured Milos Raonic host India, Germany face Portugal, the Czech Republic clash with the Netherlands, and Russian Federation play Hungary. De Greef, aged 25, has just one Davis Cup match under his belt, a loss to Alexander Zverev in the first round tie this year.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios during a practice session prior to the Davis Cup World Group semi-final in Brussels.

The controversial Canberran stirred up the home fans by cupping his ear to them after taking the lead, a move that only seemed to inspire Darcis, who was playing in his 21st tie for his country.

"He has played against and beaten the best players and will be a key man for us".

Two weeks after declaring he lacked any dedication to tennis, Nick Kyrgios has pledged to fire up for Australia's bid to reach the Davis Cup final.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the United States of America a year ago.

Having taken the first set, Kyrgios was broken at the start of the second and although he saved three set points in game nine, the Australian netted a forehand, allowing Darcis to level. "I think we must be favourites going into the doubles' tomorrow".

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