Davis Cup: Australia through to semis after win over USA


But it's not easy to beat Thommo (Jordan Thompson) over five sets.

"They've put so much hard work and effort into this campaign".

India sealed a 4-1 win against Uzbekistan in the second round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Bangalore yesterday to advance to the World Group playoff.

After the match, Kyrgios was thrilled, and said that it was good to even the score against his American rival who has beaten him twice before in the past.

The next tie won't be until September, either away against Belgium or home to Italy, with that potentially also being played in Brisbane given the success against the United States of America and the quality of the Pat Rafter court.

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Isner battled to the end, saving a match point at 6-5 to take the third set into a tiebreak, then charging into a 5-2 lead.

Australia, captained by Lleyton Hewitt, will play either Belgium or Italy in the semi-finals.

"They played great tennis in the first and we thought we could change momentum a bit. I think everyone could see that he stopped looking for his forehand", Thompson said.

Australia leads 2-1 in the World Group quarter-final tie following the defeat of John Peers and Sam Groth in a five-set arm-wrestle to Jack Sock and Steve Johnson.

The 24-year-old American has already won two ATP titles this year and beat Grigor Dimitrov, the Brisbane International victor and Australian Open semi-finalist, two weeks ago.

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The victory made it two-from-two following his win over John Isner on Friday, while Thompson's upset of Sock, the U.S. number one, would ensure Sam Groth's loss to Isner in the final match on Sunday was a dead rubber.

"I couldn't be prouder of my boys".

Italy had halved their deficit in the doubles on Saturday but Paolo Lorenzi was unable to keep their fightback going as Goffin won the fourth rubber 6-3 6-3 6-2, leaving Joris De Loore's match with Alessandro Giannessi a mere formality.

Groth's service was the one to be broken in the second set to level the match and both Australians lost service games to drop behind 0-4 in the third set.

After losing both singles rubbers on Friday, the United States needed to win the doubles to give themselves some hope heading into Sunday's reverse singles.

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Kyrgios gave up only two break points, dropping serve once early in the first set to hand Isner a 3-0 lead, but the world No. 16 stormed back, breaking his opponent to love at 5-5 and serving out the set with an ace.