Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal

Nick Kyrgios

Sock was penetrative as any player on court in the fifth set after he was drafted into the doubles with Steve Johnson and reduced Australia's lead in the tie to 2-1 at Pat Rafter Arena.

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

After trading the first two sets, Thompson went up 4-1 early in the third.

United States captain Jim Courier originally nominated Sam Querrey as one of his doubles players but had telegraphed the possibility of a late change, which he made by summoning Sock - the top-ranked player in the tie at No.15 in the world - an hour before play.

The win by Thompson, 22, set the Americans, the pre-tie betting favourites, back on their heels ahead of the clash between Australian Nick Kyrgios and American John Isner.

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However, their momentum was snapped when the USA broke to love off Peers' serve, and then snuffed out any chance of an Australian comeback to keep the tie alive.

The victor will play either Italy or Belgium in the semifinals in September.

"It's not every day where you get the opportunity to make the final four in Davis Cup", Hewitt said at today's draw.

"I'm sure he'd much rather play in a dead rubber tomorrow, but the way he played yesterday he's going to have a lot of confidence out there", Hewitt said.

But teammate Jordan Thompson's 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over American Jack Sock, the highest-ranked player in the tie at No.15, set the Americans back on their heels. Peers is the No. 2-ranked doubles players in the world, and Groth is one of those big men who is often more effective in doubles than singles.

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Australia's Sam Groth and John Peers are not low-ranked journeymen, as was the Swiss team Adrien Bossel and Henri Laaksonen.

"And whatever we think collectively is going to help us have the best chances is what everyone signed up for".

Though Kyrgios has yet to win a title this season - he has had a great year so far.

"But I have been playing great tennis and putting my head down and I returned really well today, so I am more than happy to get the win".

Marcos Baghdatis's record-breaking run of 36 consecutive Davis Cup wins, which stretched back 14 years, was ended when the Cypriot veteran lost to Tunisia's Moez Echargui in their Europe/Africa zone play-off match in Nicosia.

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