KYRGIOS FINDS HIS RANGE IN NICK OF TIME
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.