Tuesday, 26 October, 2021


Kyrgios leads Australia's charge in ATP Cup quarter finals

John Millman hugs Alex de Minaur after De Minaur's victory over Denis Shapovalov John Millman hugs Alex de Minaur after De Minaur's victory over Denis Shapovalov
Noah Ferguson | 09 January, 2020, 15:26

De Minaur was rested for Australia, who have already secured top spot in Group F and a quarter-finals berth in Sydney following wins over Germany and Canada.

Dan Evans had earlier kept Britain in the tie with a thrilling three-set win over De Minaur.

But it paid off after a seesaw match, they sealed victory in a gripping match tie-breaker.

Lleyton Hewitt took a gamble and brought Alex de Minaur back to the court with Nick Kyrgios, facing Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury for the place in the semis.

With Russian team captain Marat Safin sitting in his corner, Medvedev broke his opponent's serve twice - and gave one break back - in an entertaining first set, where his slapping forehand ebbed between sublime and out-of-control.

But the former world number 13 looked like a choirboy compared to the hot-tempered Tsitsipas on Tuesday night.

In the second set, a second code violation and, consequently, a point penalty arrived after Tsitsipas hit the ball in frustration at missing two break point opportunities.

The unlikely doubles pairing defeated two-time grand slam doubles champion Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 3-6 6-3 18-16 to send Australia roaring into the ATP Cup semi-finals. Speaking afterwards Murray admitted that he should never have missed the shot, adding, 'I'll probably never miss it again in my career.' A delighted Kyrgios said, 'that was probably the most stressful tiebreak I've ever played in my life.

Kyrgios, who so often draws criticism for his on court behaviour, is now proving to be the object of the Australian fans affection. Facing a match point in the doubles tiebreak, he ripped a backhand victor off a serve down a narrow gap.

The third set also went to a tie-break, which Kyrgios won 7-5 to win the match 7-6 (7), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).

De Minaur eased through his first couple of service games, even holding Evans to love on seperate occasions, and went up an early break.

De Minaur and Kyrgios additionally leapt into chest bumps a number of instances all through the match, giving each ounce of bodily and emotional power that they had, with Hewitt and countryman John Millman amongst these within the Australian Workforce Zone persistently taking a few steps out of that zone to encourage the Aussies.

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