Nervous Lucas Pouille loses to Lajovic as France fall behind Serbia

Nervous Lucas Pouille loses to Lajovic as France fall behind Serbia

"I love getting out there with a team and getting behind everyone that I'm close with and trying to get the win for the country obviously", Kyrgios said ahead of Thursday's draw at the indoor clay court arena in Brussels. It was the first time Australia had won the Hopman Cup since 1999.

In France, the home crowd will be cheering on Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert when they take on Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic, while in Belgium, Australian duo Jordan Thompson and John Peers will attempt to silence the crowd with a victory over Ruben Bemmelmans and Arthur De Greef.

"Davis Cup for me is one of the most important events that I can play". Kyrgios will face Steve Darcis tomorrow; if he plays the way he has in Davis Cup matches this year he shouldn't have any problems.

Steve Darcis has the power to turn this tie in favour of Belgium.

Queensland's John Millman will open the first day of play against world No.12 David Goffin in the blockbuster Davis Cup semi final between Australia and Belgium this weekend. I think he's the best captain we've ever had.

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.


Kyrgios, who has been carrying a hip injury, goes into the match claiming: "I am not the professional tennis needs me to be". His record is less convincing on clay, though, at 1-3, including a loss in the doubles.

An injury-hampered Kyrgios bowed out of the opening round of the US Open with an assortment of fines, a smashed racket and a tantrum, while burnishing his reputation as the tour's most talented slacker.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the U.S. a year ago. At the Rio 2016 Olympics, winning his opening match 6-0 6-0, the first man to do so. Australia hasn't reached the Davis Cup finals since 2003, when they defeated Spain, so returning to the final would be big for a country that prides themselves on being one of the better tennis countries in the world.

Peers is the No.2 player in the world behind Finnish playing partner Henri Kontinen. David Goffin prevailed for the host nation before Nick Kyrgios delivered a crucial victory for Australia, thus making the tie 1-1 heading into Saturday's doubles rubber.

Belgian's medical team have been working round the clock to ensure Goffin's presence after the Belgian star injured his left knee at the US Open.

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