Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal


Jack Sock admits he faces a nightmare task in stopping a red-hot Nick Kyrgios to keep the USA's Davis Cup hopes alive in their quarter-final tie against Australia.

"It's just such a tough match, because John (Isner) gets so many cheap points from his big serve, and he sort of slaps a few balls around", Hewitt said.

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt, right, celebrates with Jordan Thompson of Australia after he won over Jack Sock of the U.S.at the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, April 7, 2017.

United States captain Jim Courier originally nominated Sam Querrey as one of his doubles players but had telegraphed the possibility of a late change, which he made by summoning Sock - the top-ranked player in the tie at No.15 in the world - an hour before play.

Sam Groth and John Peers have been drawn to play Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson in Saturday's doubles before the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday.

The winners of the tie will face either Serbia or Spain in the semi-finals.

Jack Sock and Steve Johnson battled past Sam Groth and John Peers to keep the US alive on Saturday in Brisbane.

The American No.2, who owns a Davis Cup win over Roger Federer, clouted the most aces on the ATP Tour a year ago, 1159, at an average of 23 per match, the majority of which were best-of-three-set encounters.

"(I tried to) play within myself, not try to hit it too big, because that is not really my style".

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"I'm looking forward to getting back here and having some home support", said Kyrgios, who had to deal with a hostile crowd when he lost to Federer in Miami last week.

"I played him previous year and feel pretty confident with this match-up", Kyrgios said. "He came up clutch".

Kyrgios was able to adopt a front-runner's calm after he grabbed back a first-set break of serve.

Something he evidentally attempted to answer with a cool and confident display against Isner which saw him triumph in two tie breaks.

The American double-faulted again on the first and last points of a thrilling third-set tiebreaker and was unable to snatch back the momentum after that point.

With in form Nick Kyrgios still to play on the opening day, Thompson's shock result gives Australia a good chance of reaching just their second Davis Cup semi-final since 2006.

Top-ranked players Kyrgios and Sock meet in the fourth match on Sunday, followed by Thompson and Isner in the concluding rubber.

"Try and wear him down, I think I'm fit enough to do that".

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