Kyr­gios pulls Aussies level in Davis Cup

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Paris, France - Nick Kyr­gios clinched a five-set thriller to pull Aus­tralia level with Bel­gium in the Davis Cup semi­fi­nals on Fri­day, just hours af­ter ad­mit­ting he wasn't tak­ing ten­nis se­ri­ously enough. The com­bustible Kyr­gios came back from two sets to one down to de­feat 33 year old Steve Dar­cis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 in three hours 36 min­utes on the clay courts of Brus­sels' Palais 12 arena. Kyr­gios fired 34 aces and 41 win­ners to take his Davis Cup sin­gles record to seven wins in eight, as Aus­tralia fin­ished the day at 1-1 af­ter world No 12 David Gof­fin had beaten 185ranked John Mill­man 6-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. Kyr­gios, de­feated in the first round of the US Open by com­pa­triot Mill­man ear­lier this month, went into the match suf­fer­ing a hip in­jury as well as a lack of mo­ti­va­tion. Writ­ing on­, the 22 year old said, "I am not the pro­fes­sional ten­nis needs me to be". "I'm not mak­ing the im­prove­ments I should be­cause I don't want it enough, I'm not tak­ing it se­ri­ously enough. There is a con­stant tug-of-war be­tween the com­peti­tor within me want­ing to win, win, win and the hu­man in me want­ing to live a nor­mal life with my fam­ily away from the public glare." How­ever, he was over­joyed by his per­for­mance in Brus­sels as Aus­tralia, the 28-time cham- pion, seek a place in the Davis Cup fi­nal for the first time since it last won the ti­tle in 2003. In Lille, Du­san La­jovic made a mock­ery of the ab­sence of No­vak Djokovic to give Ser­bia a shock lead over France in their semi­fi­nal. World No 80 La­jovic edged Lu­cas Pouille, ranked 58 places higher, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the first rub­ber of the tie also be­ing played on clay. "This is what the Davis Cup is all about," said Ser­bia cap­tain Ne­nad Zi­mon­jic, who is with­out his three lead­ing sin­gles play­ers - Djokovic, who is side­lined un­til 2018 with a wrist in­jury, Janko Tip­sare­vic and Vik­tor Troicki. How­ever, France, the nine-time cham­pion, lev­elled the tie at 1-1 when Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga downed Davis Cup debu­tant and world No 95 Laslo Djere, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. Other re­sults: World Group play­offs: Kaza­khstan 1 Ar­gentina 1, Colom­bia 1 Croa­tia 1, Switzer­land 1 Be­larus 1, Nether­lands 0 Czech Repub­lic 2, Por­tu­gal 1 Ger­many 1, Ja­pan 2 Brazil 0, Hun­gary 1 Russia 1, Canada 1 In­dia 1.

Nick Kyr­gios

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