Aussies on brink of Cup tie loss

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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.

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