Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt proud of battling Nick Kyrgios

Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt proud of battling Nick Kyrgios

Belgium and Australia took one point each in two thrilling Davis Cup semi-final matches on Friday, with David Goffin returning from injury to beat John Millman and Nick Kyrgios overpowering Steve Darcis in five sets in Brussels.

Kyrgios is a huge fan of the team aspect of the Davis Cup and said Hewitt had built a great team spirit within the group.

"Well a 2-1 lead in the tie is obviously a good situation for us", said France captain Yannick Noah.

The tie concludes with the reverse singles on Sunday, when Kyrgios is scheduled to meet Goffin, followed by Millman up against Darcis.

Kyrgios made 65 unforced errors but also hit 20 aces to prevail as fatigue took hold of the 33-year-old Darcis in the last two sets. The same occurred in Australia in 2010.

"We have to look at where Thanasi is at, at the moment", he said.

"That shuts up the crowd and the momentum swung back our way".

"I'm not making the improvements I should because I don't want it enough, I'm not taking it seriously enough", he said.

Soeda crumpled into a heap as the ball flew past the baseline after more than three and a half hours on court.

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"If I'm honest, I'd say I haven't committed to tennis the way the game needs me to since she died". "I made some mistakes but there were a lot of rallies". He wasn't far away from doing some real damage.

Belgium missed a chance to break back in the second set, never recovered and were eventually dispatched in just over 90 minutes.

"Goffin was able to rise to the challenge, but it was a pretty impressive debut from Johnny".

Saturday's doubles action sees Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef take on Australia's John Peers and Jordan Thompson while in the other tie, the French duo of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut face Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

Peers, part of the world No.1 doubles team with Finland's Henri Kontinen, will play in the crucial second-day rubber on Saturday in Brussels. Goffin has a terrific Davis Cup singles record of 17-3, and 7-2 on a clay court.

After being knocked out of the US Open first round last month, he told reporters he was "not the smartest guy in the world" and tennis was all he knew.

"We combine well together and played together at Hertogenbosch on the grass where we got to the semis but played out some tight wins".

"The weeks we had in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney. that is what I love about Davis Cup".

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