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Kyrgios favoured to send Australia into the Davis Cup Semi-Finals

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.

A Sock win is priced at $4.10 with the Canberra native the short-priced favourite with Sportsbet at $1.24.

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.

If Kyrgios cannot complete the job it will fall to Thompson, who’s a big underdog at $3.37 to beat John Isner ($1.33).

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.

Sportsbet Market

N Kyrgios $1.24 v J Sock $4.10

J Thompson $3.37 v J Isner $1.33

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