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Nick Kyrgios holds nerve to draw Australia level with Belgium

17 September 2017
Nick Kyrgios holds nerve to draw Australia level with Belgium

David Goffin, now ranked 12th in the world, scored Belgium's first point of the tie as he came from a set down to beat Australian John Millman at Palais 12 in Brussels. "I felt a lot of nerves at the start and lost my way a bit but I managed to hang in", said the 33-year-old.

But the Serbian team has taken an even bigger hit, with 12-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic all ruled out with injuries. He's the leader, he's the No. 1 player. The Frenchman never found the right tempo, made wrong tactical choices, and hit a total of 70 unforced errors.

There was no such drama in the second rubber as top-ranked Frenchman Tsonga had little trouble racing past world no 95 Djere with a routine 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 6-3 victory.

Earlier in the day, Belgian number one David Goffin beat John Millman 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 7-5.

Australia play Belgium in the semi-final in Brussels this weekend, looking to secure their first trip to the decider since their 2003 win over Spain.

Kyrgios, defeated in the first round of the US Open by compatriot Millman earlier this month, went into the match suffering a hip injury as well as a lack of motivation. 'To give one point to your country is the best feeling you can have'. The tie will be played on an indoor clay court.

In Lille, the 22nd-ranked Pouille dropped his serve immediately and looked nervous throughout the first set wrapped up by Lajovic in 25 minutes. It was tough out there and I managed to find my rhythm after the tiebreak. 'It's always important in Davis Cup'.

A win would send Australia into the final in November against the victor of the second semi-final between Serbia and France. Kyrgios played a huge part in the tie, winning the 2nd rubber over John Isner in three sets, and the 4th rubber to close out the tie with a three-set win over Sam Querrey.

Pouille was impatient too often, trying to shorten the points instead of making his opponent run. But despite the loud backing of the crowd, the Frenchman wasted a set point before handing the set to Lajovic when he fired a forehand wide.

But the relief did not last. In World Group play-offs, Marin Cilic will lead 2016 finalist Croatia against Columbia, Kazakhstan play Argentina, and Japan take on Brazil.

Australia's Nick Kyrgios, world number 20, will face Steve Darcis in Friday's second singles match before Saturday's doubles between the home side's Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef and John Peers and Jordan Thompson and the reverse singles on Sunday.