Sun, Apr 9, 11:35am by Head Editor
Brisbane’s Pat Rafter Arena will be rocking on Sunday when Nick Kyrgios faces Jack Sock. The enigmatic 21-year-old has the chance to send Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals after the US won Saturday’s doubles rubber.
Jack Sock and Steve Johnson defeated John Peers and Sam Groth in a five-set arm-wrestle which cut Australia’s lead after both Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson won their singles rubbers on Friday.
Australia leads 2-1 in the World Group quarter-final tie and if Kyrgios can replicate his stunning straight-sets win over John Isner, Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt said it would take a huge effort to beat the world number 16.
Kyrgios is due to face Sock in Sunday’s opening reverse singles rubber, but the American’s may throw in another curve ball from the US after Sock was a late replacement for Sam Querrey in the doubles.
The so-far unused Querrey is ranked 25 in the world and defeated Kyrgios in the semi-finals of the Mexican Open last month.
US captain Jim Courier had mentioned the possibility of a late change and he delivered by subbing in Sock – the highest-ranked player in the tie –into the doubles on Saturday. That move paid off as the Americans came from a set down to beat Peers and Groth.
The winner of the quarter-final will face either Belgium or Italy in September’s semi-finals.
N Kyrgios $1.24 v J Sock $4.10
J Thompson $3.37 v J Isner $1.33
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