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DAVIS CUP – AUSTRALIA DEFEATS THE U.S., 3-2
(April 9, 2017) It was a logical substitution, Sam Querrey for Jack Sock to take on Nick Kyrgios, but the tall Californian, despite fresh legs and a recent victory over his opponent, could not overcome the talent of the in-form Aussie on Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane.
Kyrgios defeated Querrey, 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4, to clinch victory for the Australians in the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinals, as they earned their way into September’s Semifinals vs. the winner of Belgium and Italy. The Americans, meanwhile, must wait until 2018 for another chance at their first Davis Cup title since 2007.
The fourth match of the tie was scheduled to pit American and Aussie No. 1s Sock and Kyrgios against one another. Sock, however, had spent a total of 5 hours, 35 minutes on court over the previous two days, after he played a four-set singles match on Friday and a five-set doubles match on Saturday.
U.S. Captain Jim Courier, with his squad facing a 2-1 deficit, tabbed Querrey, who had beaten Kyrgios earlier this year en route to winning an ATP title in Acapulco, to attempt to extend the tie to a deciding fifth rubber.
Kyrgios, however, picked up where he left off on Friday, firing 21 aces and converting 4 of 6 break point chances as compared to 2 of 9 for Querrey.
“Jack was a little bit tired coming off of the singles, and he spent a lot of energy in the doubles, too, and as well as Sam’s been playing, it really was not a difficult decision,” Courier said. ”All along, we thought we would deploy Sam on Sunday in this tie, I’m not sure which match, but as it turned out we needed him today in that fourth match, and he played as well as he could have played in that match. Nick was just too good. He had him down a break twice and couldn’t win those sets, so you just tip your cap to Nick. He was strong all weekend.”
In the dead fifth singles rubber, John Isner defeated Sam Groth, 7-6(5), 6-3, in a lively matchup between big servers.
“You can’t underestimate Davis Cup and how hard it is to go out there and get any wins. To beat a quality U.S. team – this is one of our best wins in a long time as a Davis Cup team,” said Australian Captain Lleyton Hewitt. “Again, we beat their full-strength lineup. They’ve got four quality players, and they’re all Top 30 in the world, and obviously they’ve got a lot of doubles options, as well. But we had a game plan. We stuck to it. We knew there we going to be ups and downs the whole weekend, but we dug deep, we found a way and all the boys pulled together and played some really high-quality tennis.”
DAY / MATCH TIME
Friday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)
Singles A: Jordan Thompson (AUS) d. Jack Sock (USA), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4
Singles B: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. John Isner (USA), 7-5, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (11 p.m. ET)
Doubles: Jack Sock / Steve Johnson (USA)
d. John Peers / Sam Groth (AUS), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)
Singles C: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d. Sam Querrey (USA), 7-6(4), 6-2, 6-4
Singles D: John Isner (USA) d. Sam Groth (AUS), 7-6(5), 6-3