Kyr­gios finds mo­men­tum

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - IAN MCCULLOUGH

NICK Kyr­gios has vowed to keep de­liv­er­ing for Aus­tralia in the Davis Cup fol­low­ing his dra­matic five-set vic­tory over Steve Dar­cis in Brus­sels.

Kyr­gios has en­dured a tough year with in­juries forc­ing him to re­tire from Queens, Wim­ble­don, and an event in Wash­ing­ton last month, lead­ing to some in­con­sis­tent form on court. He is 26-13 in winslosses so far this year on the ATP Tour.

The enig­matic star has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted he’s of­ten not as com­mit­ted as he should be with his train­ing and even ques­tioned whether he wanted to con­tinue play­ing ten­nis.

But there was no doubt­ing his com­mit­ment to the cause in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal yes­ter­day as he sent down 34 aces in a come-from-be­hind 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 6-2 win that si­lenced a par­ti­san home crowd.

It was ar­guably his best per­for­mance in a cam­paign that has seen him beat No­vak Djokovic at In­dian Wells in March and more re­cently Rafael Nadal in Cincin­nati. “I think it was one of the more im­por­tant wins I have had,” Kyr­gios said.

“I was 2-1 down in a tough sit­u­a­tion and ob­vi­ously the crowd was go­ing for him.

“It was on a tough clay court and I had a lot of doubts, but (Aus­tralian cap­tain) Lley­ton (He­witt) was in my face telling me to ‘be­lieve and things will turn our way’.”

Kyr­gios will face Bel­gian spear­head David Gof­fin in to­day’s re­verse sin­gles and the 22-year-old feels in his best shape for months - ready to take Aus­tralia to a Davis Cup fi­nal for the first time in 14 years.

“I haven’t had my great­est cou­ple of months. . . but I played pretty well in Cincin­nati,” he said.

“But this Davis Cup tie has al­way been at the back of my mind and I wanted to peak for this week.

“I did ev­ery­thing right pre­par­ing. This has been my pri­or­ity all year. I didn’t play my best ten­nis but I served well on the big points and that is the best part of my game.”

He­witt hailed the fight­ing spirit of Kyr­gios .

“The big­gest thing for Nick was to stay in the mo­ment,” He­witt said.

“We had to turn the mo­men­tum around, which is what they had af­ter win­ning the sec­ond and third sets.

“I was proud of how Nick stood up early in that fourth set. He took the as­cen­dancy, broke straight away in the fourth.

“That shut up the crowd and the mo­men­tum swung back our way.”

Pic­ture: AP PHOTO

EYE ON THE PRIZE: Aus­tralia's Nick Kyr­gios re­turns the ball yes­ter­day.

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