Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt (centre) cheers on doubles players John Peers and Jordan Thompson  in Brussels
Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt (centre) cheers on doubles players John Peers and Jordan Thompson in Brussels STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Doubles pair has Aussies within reach of Davis Cup win

IT WILL be over to Nick Kyrgios tonight when action resumes in the Davis Cup tie between Australia and Belgium.

After the doubles pairing of John Peers and Jordan Thompson gave them a 2-1 lead, the Aussies are just one win away from completing a victory and a home tournament-decider against either Serbia or France in November.

It would be their first final in 14 years.

Kyrgios will take on Belgian No.1 David Goffin (10pm AEST) - a player he has not lost to in their three previous clashes.

Should he lose, it will be up to Millman to get the job done for country against world No.77 Steve Darcis.

"They are two quality players going head-to-head in what will be a tough battle for their country," Hewitt said.

"Nick will be ready, come game time. No doubt about it."

World No.20 Kyrgios said he was ready to go, and serving as well as he has all year after sending down 34 aces in his five-set win against Darcis on Friday.

 

Nick Kyrgios has a big battle ahead tonight in Brussels.
Nick Kyrgios has a big battle ahead tonight in Brussels. STEPHANIE LECOCQ

"It's going to be tough, but he's got to make some adjustments," Kyrgios said.

"He's never beaten me before. He doesn't know what that feels like.

"I am going to have that at the back of my mind. I am serving well and that is the best part of my game.

"But at the same time it's a different match. David hardly hits any slices but it's all about match-ups and I feel confident."

Hewitt has backed Millman in the second rubber, over Thompson.

"John played pretty well yesterday, he did a lot of things right," he said.

"The boys did a lot of hard work last week and will be pretty happy with their bodies."

 

John Peers (L) and Jordan Thompson on their way to victory.
John Peers (L) and Jordan Thompson on their way to victory. STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Hewitt was part of the sides that lost to Belgium in both 2007 and 2010, Darcis claiming a memorable win in Cairns seven years ago to end the Aussies' run.

"Hopefully it will be a different result, but there is a lot more on the line today than then.

"Both of their players are tricky customers. I have the utmost respect for them and won't be taking them lightly."

Hewitt was full of praise for Thompson and Peers who dominated their match against Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef from the start to win 6-4 6-3 6-0.

"It was very clinical, setting the tone from the word go," he said.

"The boys were up and about early and executed their game plan brilliantly."

News Corp Australia


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