Nick Kyrgios opens up on why Bernard Tomic has 'lost his way'
Sep 17 2017
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.
Yannick Noah's France take on star-starved Serbia and 28-time champions Australia face Belgium in the Davis Cup semi-finals this weekend.
Peers has claimed 13 ATP doubles titles since 2013, first enjoying success with Britain's Jamie Murray before linking up with Kontinen at the start of 2016 and winning this year's Australian Open in January.
"His knowledge of the doubles game is huge", Hewitt said.
And with perspective like that, Kyrgios might just be better-placed than some of the burned out players like Bernie Tomic to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
Hewitt is thinking about playing Kokkinakis instead of Thompson in the singles matches, given the strong form he showed at the French Open in May.
'Lleyton and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year, ' Kyrgios said, referring to Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt.
Nick Kyrgios recovered from two sets to one down against Steve Darcis to pull Australia level at 1-1 in the Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium.
Australia's Nick Kyrgios during a practice session prior to the Davis Cup World Group semi-final in Brussels.
Former world number one Hewitt, a revered Davis Cup servant in Australia, has been credited for bringing out the best in Kyrgios.
"These are the closest friends I've got on the tennis tour", he said.
"We are sufficiently intelligent to know that it's going to be a hard match", the 1983 French Open victor said. It's the place where I can spend time with my family, play Call Of Duty with my mates, be a kid like everyone else.
"These are the most fun weeks of my career, no doubt".
"I haven't had my greatest couple of months ... but I played pretty well in Cincinnati".
John Peers and Jordan Thompson will take on the wily Ruben Bemelmans, who played in the last meeting between the two nations in Townsville seven years ago, and rookie Arthur De Greef in Saturday's doubles rubber.
Darcis came under severe pressure in the third, surviving five break points in game four before a 4-0 lead in the tie-break allowed him to move within one set of giving Belgium a crucial 2-0 lead in the tie. Australia's most recent win was in 2003 when they defeated Spain in the final.