Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic celebrates his win over Sam Groth of Australia in the Davis Cup.
Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic celebrates his win over Sam Groth of Australia in the Davis Cup. JOE CASTRO

Davis Cup clash with US 'a tough ask', admits Hewitt

TENNIS: Australia has quickly turned its attention to the United States as it makes a run at this year's Davis Cup title.

The old rivals, who between them have won the cup 60 times - the US 32, Australia 28 - will clash in a World Group quarter-final in Australia on April 7-9.

After Australia went 3-0 up in its tie with the Czech Republic at Kooyong on Saturday, the US sealed its spot in the last eight by leading Switzerland 3-0 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Against a Swiss team without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Jack Sock and John Isner won the singles matches on day one for Jim Courier's US team, before Steve Johnson and Sock combined for hard-fought doubles victory.

"It's a tough ask," Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said. "We lost to them in a pretty tight battle a year ago (3-1, also at Kooyong).

"They're going to be really strong. They've got four really good singles players and they can mix and match the doubles pairing pretty well."

Sam Groth was unable give the Aussies a clean sweep, losing his reverses singles match with world No.54 Jiri Vesely 3-6 7-5 6-3 on Sunday.

But he and John Peers sealed Australia's progression with a doubles win on Saturday after Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson won their singles battles.

"It's disappointing to lose when you're playing for Australia but it's been a good weekend," Groth said.

"We want to do big things this year. We feel like we've got a great team.

"Nick's a quality player. He can probably beat any player in the world when he puts his mind to it.

"Thommo proved himself this weekend and I think Peersy and I make a great doubles team."

Thompson's 7-6 6-2 win over Jan Satral ensured a 4-1 result for Australia.

News Corp Australia


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