Can Nick Kyrgios Inspire Australia to a Davis Cup Victory Against Belgium?
Nick Kyrgios could prove an integral part of the Australian Davis Cup team and the world number 20 has insisted he is fully fit and ready to compete in Brussels. The 22-year-old was knocked out of the US Open in the first round and has been struggling with a shoulder injury in recent weeks but that hasn’t prevented captain Lleyton Hewitt selecting him for this match-up.
Australia are bidding for a 29th Davis Cup title and aiming to end a 14-year drought in the process and this is generally viewed as the perfect opportunity to progress.
Unibet have priced up Australia as odds-on favourites for this clash and they will be hoping to justify that market support when the tie gets underway on September 15.
Kyrgios is joined by compatriot Jordan Thompson for the four singles matches whilst John Peers and Thanasi Kokkinakis team up in the doubles for the third rubber on September 16.
The temperamental Kyrgios has a 7-4 record in this competition and admits he is re-energised by the team environment. He has previously claimed that he finds it difficult to motivate himself but enjoys working as a collective and is relishing the match up with David Goffin and Steve Darcis. He’s also praised captain Lleyton Hewitt for helping him improve mentally.
Kyrgios has beaten David Goffin three times on the ATP tour despite his opponent being ranked eight places higher. His team-mate Jordan Thompson possesses a 3-0 record in the Davis Cup and will be aiming to remain unbeaten against the Belgian pair.
The Davis Cup tends to bring the best out of the divisive Kyrgios and despite his injury problems this season he is capable of putting on a performance and securing Australia a place in the final.