Nick Kyrgios puts Australia level in Davis Cup semi-final with Belgium

David Goffin of Belgium

"I think he's the best captain we've ever had".

Kyrgios, who has been carrying a hip injury, goes into the match claiming: "I am not the professional tennis needs me to be".

Australia has played Belgium four times.

The world No.12 was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by Hewitt on Thursday.

Noah's team are favoured to progress to the final against a Serbian side sorely missing injured former world No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic.

Whoever Hewitt sticks with will have a great chance to overcome the Belgians' likely no.2 singles player in Steve Darcis or Ruben Bemelmans.

The two Davis Cup semi-finals are both locked at 1-1 following Friday's opening singles rubbers.

In the first round of the Davis Cup, Kyrgios and Australia faced off against the Czech Republic in Kooyong, Australia.

Kyrgios led Australia's charge in the Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium in Brussels yesterday but Tomic was omitted after missing a string of tournaments that have seen his ranking plummet to 146th in the world.


"But this Davis Cup tie has alway been at the back of my mind and I wanted to peak for this week".

Playing for Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt has to play a huge part in his success as well.

Kyrgios appears to be over the shoulder injury which short-circuited his US Open campaign, and a 3-0 head-to-head record against Belgian no.1 Goffin augurs well for the Aussie no.1.

"He has played against and beaten the best players and will be a key man for us".

In the play-offs, where the winners will compete in the World Group next season, 2016 champions Argentina are 1-1 against Kazakhstan after US Open quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman eased past Dimtri Popko 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

John Millman on his Davis Cup debut.

Hewitt was set to name the pairing overnight, with Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis or Jordan Thompson to line up alongside Peers on Saturday.

Kyrgios battled back to keep alive his nation's hopes of first final appearance in the prestigious team event in 14 years, seeing off a determined Darcis in a five-set thriller to level the tie at 1-1.

A huge net cord at break point down went the way of Kyrgios at the start of the decider and, perhaps sensing it was his day, the Australian showcased his talent - encapsulated with a double-handed backhand victor with both feet off the floor en route to a gutsy victory.

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