The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA cap­tain Lley­ton He­witt hailed the fight­ing spirit of Nick Kyr­gios af­ter the star kept his coun­try’s Davis Cup hopes alive in Brus­sels.

Kyr­gios bat­tled back to level the tie 1-1 with a hard-fought five-set win over Steve Dar­cis as Aus­tralia chase their first fi­nal ap­pear­ance in the team event in 14 years.

The world No.20 did it the hard way, com­ing out on top 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 6-2 to si­lence the home crowd.

Kyr­gios said the vic­tory was one of the most im­por­tant of his ca­reer af­ter John Mill­man’s spir­ited dis­play against David Gof­fin in the open­ing rub­ber proved to be in vain.

The Bel­gian world No.12 edged the Queens­lan­der in four sets 6-7 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

Kyr­gios’ win meant Aus­tralia have a chance to se­cure the tie in tonight’s re­verse sin­gles, re­gard­less of the re­sult in the dou­bles rub­ber overnight.

The out­come seemed bleak for Aus­tralia af­ter Dar­cis took the third set in a tiebreak to leave the visi­tors star­ing down the bar­rel of 2-0 deficit.

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

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

FIVE-SET WIN: Nick Kyr­gios.

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