Hewitt axes Kokkinakis for Davis Cup semi

Hewitt axes Kokkinakis for Davis Cup semi

Hewitt axes Kokkinakis for Davis Cup semi

"I did not have a very good match as a captain". Their head-to-head record stands at two wins apiece, but the Belgians prevailed in the last two encounters - in a first-round fixture in 2007 followed by a 2010 World Group play-off victory in Cairns, Australia.

"Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year", Kyrgios said.

Australia face 2015 finalists Belgium away for a place in the final, which will be held in November. Goffin, ranked 12th in the world, has also been under an injury cloud since Roland Garros.

The non-participation of household names is evident in the France-Serbia tie, with the French without injured Gael Monfils, while Serbia are missing Novak Djokovic, who will not play again until January due to an elbow injury and the birth of his second child.

World No.20 Kyrgios will take on the experienced Steve Darcis in the second singles rubber. Darcis is known for his terrific play at Davis Cup level and will need to continue that trend for Belgium to overcome the Australians.

Jordan Thompson and John Peers will play the doubles against Arthur De Greef and Ruben Bemelmans with the reverse singles to be played on Sunday.

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

John Millman will take some juice out of the underprepared David Goffin's legs on day one, and Nick Kyrgios will reap the rewards on Day 3 when he plays Goffin sealing the tie for Australia, three rubbers to one.

Belgian's medical team have been working round the clock to ensure Goffin's presence after the Belgian star injured his left knee at the US Open.

The Davis Cup is heating up and the Lleyton Hewitt led Australians will go in as the hot favourites to proceed into the final when they meet Belgium in Brussels over the weekend.

Though Kyrgios has had a tumultuous 2017 as a singles competitor, the 22-year-old Canberran has delivered the goods during the premier global team event in men's tennis.

Australia took a 2-1 lead against Belgium on Saturday after easily winning their Davis Cup semi-final doubles in three sets.

The win followed Lucas Pouille's shock defeat in the opening singles match.

John Millman practising ahead of his Davis Cup debut.

Before crediting captain Hewitt for Australia's resurgence at the world stage, Kyrgios revealed Rusty's impact on his young career.

Kyrgios battled back to keep alive his nation's hopes of first final appearance in the prestigious team event in 14 years, seeing off a determined Darcis in a five-set thriller to level the tie at 1-1.

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