Kyrgios pulls Aussies level in Davis Cup
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 www.playersvoice.com, 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.