Kyrgios, Goffin shine as Belgium, Australia set up semi-final clash

Ross Houston
April 13, 2017

The US captain praised the 21-year-old after his commanding straight sets defeat of Sam Querrey on Sunday, which sealed a win for Australia in their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final tie in Brisbane.

After being heckled in Miami against Roger Federer, Kyrgios was embraced by the crowd in Pat Rafter Arena as he built on Jordan Thompson's upset of Jack Sock by staving off Isner in three tense sets of high-quality tennis. Only 10 times in Davis Cup history has a country come back from being 0-2 down to win a tie, the most recent when Croatia recovered to beat the U.S. at this stage past year.

Isner battled to the end, saving a match point at 6-5 to take the third set into a tiebreak, then charging into a 5-2 lead.

He's getting close to it.´ This year After Australian Open Kyrgios reached Acapulco semifinals beating Novak Djokovic, Indian Wells quarter-finals beating again Djokovic, and Miami semifinals where he lost to Roger Federer after an wonderful three hours match.

A win in Saturdays doubles rubber could set up a semifinal date with Italy or Belgium in September for Australia, with John Peers and Sam Groth due to take on Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson.

However Belgium's David Goffin, a convincing victor in his match with Andreas Seppi on Friday, produced a sublime display in today's singles to defeat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to give his country a 3-1 lead.

"I think we can win it", Kyrgios said.

"Wearing the green and gold, there's no greater honour", Thompson said in his on-court post-match interview.

In ominous form during last month's USA hard-court swing, Kyrgios blasted 20 aces to Isner's 15, largely defusing the towering American's serve to close out a slow-burning singles rubber in 2 hours, 24 minutes.

India sealed a 4-1 win against Uzbekistan in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Bangalore yesterday to advance to the World Group playoff.

Isner beat Sam Groth 7-6, 6-3 in the fifth match, a dead rubber, to give a final scoreline of 3-2.

Pouille, the world number 17 and his team's top singles player in the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, swept the breaker before dominating the decider.

Belgium, beaten by Britain in the 2015 final, had been one point away from beating Italy on Saturday only for Joris de Loore and Rubens Bemelmans to lose their doubles against Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi having had a matchpoint.

"But at the same time, it feels good".

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