Australia Aiming for Davis Cup Success Against Belgium
It’s been a long wait for Davis Cup success, but Australia are in prime position to end a 14-year drought in the competition. Captain Lleyton Hewitt is aiming to guide his country into the final, where they will face either France or Serbia.
Nick Kyrgios was instrumental in his side’s success in the previous round, where they beat the USA 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the competition, and he is likely to play a key part here. The 22-year-old divides opinion in his home country and has courted his fair share of controversy during his short career at the top level but he appears to enjoy competing in this team event.
The world number 20 has been carrying a shoulder injury but disappointed once again when crashing out of the US Open to fellow countryman John Millman. Kyrgios will team up with Jordan Thompson this time as Australia take on Belgium across the three days commencing on September 15. Thompson is unbeaten in the Davis Cup so far whilst his team-mate holds a positive 7-4 record and is keen to improve upon that here.
Belgium are experienced in this competition and it won’t be easy against Steve Darcis and world number 12 David Goffin but Australia have been priced up as second favourites for the title at +250 with Bodog Sports. John Peers and Thanasi Kokkinakis team up for the third rubber which is a doubles contest taking place on September 16th.
Australia haven’t reached the final since 2003 but have been dominant during recent performances against the Czech Republic and the USA. These two sides haven’t faced one another since 2011 when they met in the Hopman Cup. Australia emerged 2-1 victors on that occasion with Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt playing a vital role in clinching that success. He knows what it takes to prevail as a team and is hoping to guide his side to victory in Brussels.