Davis Cup: Aus­tralia clinches quar­ter­fi­nal win over U.S.

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports.

BRIS­BANE, AUS­TRALIA | Aus­tralia ad­vanced to the Davis Cup semi­fi­nals af­ter Nick Kyr­gios beat late sub­sti­tute Sam Quer­rey of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in the first re­v­erse sin­gles match on Sun­day, clinch­ing the quar­ter­fi­nal 3-1 with a match to spare.

On a hard court at Pat Rafter Arena, Kyr­gios and his sin­gles part­ner Jor­dan Thomp­son gave Aus­tralia a 2-0 lead on Fri­day be­fore the Amer­i­cans staved off elim­i­na­tion on Satur­day when Jack Sock, who lost to Thomp­son on Fri­day, and part­ner Steve John­son beat Sam Groth and John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Quer­rey was sup­posed to be John­son’s dou­bles part­ner, but Amer­i­can cap­tain Jim Courier, who said it would take “mon­strous ef­fort” for the Amer­i­cans to win the tie, pulled a swap, putting Sock into dou­bles and al­low­ing Quer­rey to be fresh for Kyr­gios.

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