Davis Cup semis all-square as Kyrgios and Tsonga fly the flag

Davis Cup semis all-square as Kyrgios and Tsonga fly the flag

"But we want to be in a position where Stolts (Jason Stoltenberg) and I and Tony Roche can make tough decisions because we want guys that are playing well and putting their hand up to play for our country". Australia's most recent win was in 2003 when they defeated Spain in the final.

It will be the fifth meeting between the two nations.

Mercurial Nick Kyrgios has revealed that the prospect of helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in 14 years is his motivation after another roller-coaster year on the tour. Can the Australians silence the sure to be raucous crowd, or will Belgium return to the final for the second time in three years? Goffin, ranked 12th in the world, has also been under an injury cloud since Roland Garros.

In Lille, it was France who had to rally from 1-0 down as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Laslo Djere to level the tie after Dusan Lajovic had shocked Lucas Pouille. Veteran Steve Darcis will feature as Belgium's second singles player.

Kyrgios has penned a typically forthright column for the new website PlayersVoice, where Australian sportspeople write unfiltered, first-person content.

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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.

John Millman believes he let David Goffin off the hook after losing the opening rubber of the Davis Cup semi-final in Brussels.

Kyrgios fired 34 aces and 41 winners to take his Davis Cup singles record to seven wins in eight, as Australia finished the day at 1-1 after world number 12 David Goffin had beaten 185-ranked John Millman 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5. The Belgians will be led by David Goffin and Steve Darcis. That week in Perth, Australia, he went undefeated in singles matches including wins over Alexandr Dolgopolov, Alexander Zverev, and Andy Murray. It's clear that Kyrgios plays much more focused in Davis Cup, and a team atmosphere might just be what he needs to play his best tennis.

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.

Meanwhile, fellow problem child Bernard Tomic, who has dropped from 17th to 146th in the AT rankings, has been snubbed for a bad attitude and obvious lack of 2017 results.

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