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Kyrgios leads Australia to Davis Cup triumph

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Nick Kyrgios produced another stellar performance to lead Australia to a 3-2 victory over the USA in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group quarterfinal in Brisbane. Kyrgios overpowered Sam Querrey, who replaced American No.1 Jack Sock, in today’s fourth rubber  to secure Australia’s place in the semifinals for the second time in three years.

Cheered on by a strong crowd of 5,823 at Queensland Tennis Centre, Kyrgios came back from an early break to take the first set 7-6(4), before winning the next two 6-3 6-4 to set up a semifinal clash in September with either Italy or Belgium.

In the fifth and final rubber, John Isner defeated Sam Groth – who replaced Jordan Thompson – in straight sets to restore some American pride.

Australia will learn their semifinal opponents on Monday morning, with Belgium currently leading Italy 2-1 in Charleroi. The last time Australia reached the last four of the Davis Cup was in 2015, when they lost 3-2 to Great Britain in Glasgow.

Australia d USA 3-2

R1: Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Jack Sock (USA) 6-3 3-6 7-6(4) 6-4

R2: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d John Isner (USA) 7-5 7-6(5) 7-6(5)

R3: Jack Sock / Steve Johnson (USA) d Sam Groth / John Peers (AUS) 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3

R4: Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Sam Querrey (USA) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-4

R5: John Isner (USA) d Sam Groth (AUS) 7-6(5) 6-3