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Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal

Frederick Owens | 09 April, 2017, 05:14

Nick Kyrgios of Australia plays a shot in his match against John Isner of the U.S.at the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, April 7, 2017.

Isner has a 2-1 career record against the in-form Kyrgios, having beaten the Australian in two matches in 2015 before losing their 2016 final in Atlanta, Georgia. Only 10 teams in Davis Cup history have recovered to win a best-of-five tie.

"I mean, all these boys know they saw something special there but a very composed match all through for Nick Kyrgios there". "Jack's been playing great, John's been playing great". That's what I did in Atlanta. Overcoming a 2-0 deficit before a passionate crowd that loves and respects Davis Cup will be a towering challenge for Courier and the US squad, no matter who ends up playing doubles.

"It can be a good thing if our match goes to five sets", Isner said. This time, Australia is hoping for a better result over the United States.

Thompson's performance was the kind that every captain has witnessed, but even Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt - a Davis Cup zealot - didn't dare believe Thompson could pull it off.

Thompson's previous best win also came at Rafter Arena, when he beat world No.21 David Ferrer on the way to his first ATP quarter-final in Brisbane in January. "It's a truer form for the format".

"That builds pressure in itself".

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"The fire is definitely burning in the guys to do well this weekend", Groth said.

Other team members are Sam Groth and John Peers for Australia and Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson for the U.S. They are scheduled to meet in doubles. Doubles teams can be changed up to one hour before the start of the match.

The third-ranked Australian, who was given his Davis Cup opportunities this year only through the unavailability of Bernard Tomic, exposed a lack of match fitness in Sock, who had both thighs massaged when he went behind a break of serve in the fourth set.

U.S. captain Jim Courier could instead look to Sam Querrey, who is completely fresh and beat Kyrgios last month in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open.

The win on a hard court at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena reduced Australia's advantage to 2-1 ahead of Sunday's reverse singles. "I think I'm getting there".

"I'm sure he'd much rather play in a dead rubber tomorrow, but the way he played yesterday he's going to have a lot of confidence out there", Hewitt said.

"I feel like I've had some decent results rather than just the last couple of months", he said.

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