Aussies on brink of Cup tie loss
AUSTRALIA was last night facing an uphill task in its Davis Cup tie against Austria after the host won both singles rubbers on day one in Graz.
World No. 8 Dominic Thiem, heir apparent to Rafael Nadal as the king of clay, hammered an out-of-form Jordan Thompson 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 in just 95 minutes to the delight of a noisy home crowd at the Messe Congress complex.
In the second match, world No. 35 Alex de Minaur faced Dennis Novak – ranked 98 places below him – and took the opening set in routine fashion.
However, the 19-year-old fell apart after his strong start, and was broken nine times on his way to a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 defeat, with Novak sealing victory on his second match point.
The pressure was pushed to doubles specialist John Peers, partnered by Thompson, against Jurgen Meltzer and Oliver Marach last night, to keep the tie alive. Peers was confident they could get Australia back into the tie. AUSTRALIAN Brad Drewitt shot an 8-under 63 yesterday for a share of the lead with Sangmoon Bae and Alex Prugh in the Albertsons Boise Open, the third of four Web.con Tour Finals events. The Sydneysider earned only $2925 in the first two tournaments. “I’ve got some goals set mentally for myself that I’ve kind of struggled with a bit this year,” Drewitt said. “I just want to play the best golf I can. To get low early is a big confidence builder.” Drewitt played the first eight holes in 6under, making an eagle on the par-5 16th.