Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal

Trevor Jackson
April 12, 2017

Nick Kyrgios eased past John Isner 7-5, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), in a duel of big servers to fire Australia to a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup quarter-final in Brisbane.

John Isner of the USA serves in his match against Nick Kyrgios of Australia at the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, April 7, 2017.

Australia made the semi-finals in 2006 and 2015 since its last Davis Cup title in 2003.

"We have a massive opportunity and anything is possible this year", Kyrgios said. "We're certainly not happy with the score but we're professionals and we'll be ready to play tomorrow". "In the first match (on Friday) I was nervous".

Kyrgios, so often seen as a lone wolf in world tennis, was swamped by teammates after serving his 20th and 21st aces on the last two points of the match.

"If our match does go to five sets I think it would make for a pretty cool atmosphere out there at the very least".

The world number 16 roared in delight and was mobbed by his team mates after sealing the victory with an ace after just over two hours on Pat Rafter Arena to set up a last four meeting with Belgium or Italy.

US captain Jim Courier replaced scheduled doubles player Sam Querrey with Sock about an hour ahead of Saturday's match, despite Sock having lost his singles match to Jordan Thompson on Friday.

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Serbia and France won their Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday to set up their first match since the 2010 final.

But he quickly found his groove, breaking back with a cracking forehand return in the seventh game, before forcing and winning the tiebreak.

Querrey started strong and opened up a 4-1 lead in set one but Kyrgios responded quickly to level at 4-all.

"But [with coach] Lleyton (Hewitt) on the side, telling me to compete for every point, and obviously the crowd, it's easy to get up out here". Kwon Soon Woo was unfazed at the setback, disposing of Michael Venus in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1).

He is yet to play this weekend after originally being listed for doubles. The victor of the tie will remain in Asia/Oceania Group 1, while the loser faces a play-off later in the year to avoid relegation to group 2.

US captain Jim Courier, right, talks to Jack Sock of the U.S.at the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, April 7, 2017.

He said that during this run of good form he had always had one eye on the Davis Cup.

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