The Davis Cup is heating up and the Lleyton Hewitt led Australians will go in as the hot favourites to proceed into the final when they meet Belgium in Brussels over the weekend. The winner of this semi-final will go on to play either Serbia or France in the Davis Cup final.
When: September 15-17
Where: Palais 12, Brussels
Aussie firebrand Nick Kyrgios has vowed to break Australia’s Davis Cup drought and lead the Aussies to Davis Cup glory against Belgium in this week’s pivotal semi-final tie in Brussels.
The enigmatic 22-year-old spearheads a four-man team featuring rising youngster Jordan Thompson, good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis and doubles specialist John Peers against a Belgium team headed by world no.12 David Goffin.
A win would send Australia into the final in November against the winner of the second semi-final between Serbia and France.
Should Lleyton Hewitt’s men overcome the Belgians, it will be their first Davis Cup final since 2003.
While Kyrgios will assume the mantle as Australia’s no.1 singles player, it’s unknown who Hewitt will select as the green and gold’s second singles player.
After a career best victory over Jack Sock in Australia’s quarter-final triumph over the US, Thompson would be the logical choice but Hewitt may elect to go with Kokkinakis, who has earned a well-deserved recall to the Davis Cup team on the back of some strong results in his return from injury.
Whoever Hewitt sticks with will have a great chance to overcome the Belgians’ likely no.2 singles player in Steve Darcis or Ruben Bemelmans.
As it always is, the doubles rubber will again be a key rubber and the Aussies have the decided advantage with doubles specialist John Peers at their disposal, the world’s second ranked doubles player.
Neither of the Belgians play a great deal of doubles but with Peers’ regular Davis Cup partner Sam Groth not in the team, the Aussies will field a new-look doubles team.
Any away tie is a hard one, but playing in front of a boisterous Belgian crowd on an indoor clay surface will certainly pose a serious challenge to Hewitt’s charges.
Kyrgios appears to be over the shoulder injury which short-circuited his US Open campaign, and a 3-0 head-to-head record against Belgian no.1 Goffin augurs well for the Aussie no.1.
If the Aussies clinch the crucial doubles rubber, the Aussies could be headed to their first Davis Cup final in 14 years.
Belgium at $2.54
Australia at $1.45
Tip: Australia at $1.45
Correct score: Australia 3-2
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