Nick Kyrgios puts Australia level in Davis Cup semi-final with Belgium

He led his country to the Finals in 2015, where they ultimately lost to Great Britain.

Soeda had played his way back into the second rubber with the use of clever angles and lobs before a sudden meltdown in the fourth set opened the door for his opponent. It was the first time Australia had won the Hopman Cup since 1999.

The Aussie duo took the battle to Belgian pair Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef to secure a crushing 6-3 6-4 6-0 win in quick time.

"Davis Cup for me is one of the most important events that I can play".

"But this Davis Cup tie has alway been at the back of my mind and I wanted to peak for this week".

Steve Darcis has the power to turn this tie in favour of Belgium.

John Millman believes he let David Goffin off the hook after losing the opening rubber of the Davis Cup semi-final in Brussels.

"We combine well together and played together at Hertogenbosch on the grass where we got to the semis but played out some tight wins".

In April, Kyrgios, nearly singlehandedly, led Australia past Team USA in the World Group quarter-final of the 2017 Davis Cup.

'Lleyton and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year, ' Kyrgios said, referring to Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt. His record is less convincing on clay, though, at 1-3, including a loss in the doubles.

In the following years his relationship both with the sport and the press has hit some bumpy patches, with the 22-year-old claiming at the US Open that even coach Sebastien Grosjean deserved to work with someone more dedicated.

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 previous year.

John Peers, right, is looming as the key man for Australia in this weekend's Davis Cup semi-final.

Peers, part of the world No.1 doubles team with Finland's Henri Kontinen, will play in the crucial second-day rubber on Saturday in Brussels.

If you compare Nick Kyrgios with Bernard Tomic, you're doing the former a disservice.

Asked whether the match had taken its toll ahead of the Sunday singles, Goffin told reporters: "I'll try to give everything, I must give everything".

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.


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