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Jordan Thompson upsets Jack Sock to give Australia Davis Cup lead

Jordan Thompson upsets Jack Sock to give Australia Davis Cup lead

6-3 6-4, to give Australia an unbeatable 3-1 advantage in the World Group quarter-final match against the United States in Brisbane.

Jack Sock of the US reacts after winning a point in his match against Jordan Thompson of Australia at the Davis Cup World Group Quarterfinal in Brisbane, Australia, Friday, April 7, 2017.

Australia will face Belgium in September's semis.

In-form Sock, the highest ranked player in the tie at world number 15, will be going into the unknown all weekend as he has never previously faced Kyrgios either.

6-3 6-4 in Sunday's first reverses singles match, giving Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the World Group quarter-final tie against the United States in Brisbane.

Only once in Davis Cup history has the US come from 0-2 deficit to win in the Davis Cup, in 1934 against the Aussies.

In the second match, Nick Kyrgios took on John Isner, and it was Kyrgios who was able to play his best tennis in the big points.

Sock looked exhausted as he was dispatched by world No.79 Thompson but Courier said he would have no hesitation sending him back into action, having won America's last doubles match alongside Johnson against Switzerland in February. "And I returned really well today so I'm really happy to get the win".

"It's a lot of relief we got through, a tough third set out there", Kyrgios said.

Visiting captain Jim Courier gambled on bringing Sock in for Sam Querrey even though the U.S. number one had racked up 66 unforced errors in his loss to world number 79 Thompson.

He said that during this run of good form he had always had one eye on the Davis Cup.

"I always had one eye on it".

Kyrgios was on his game in the deciding match while dispatching Querrey, who was a late replacement for Jack Sock.

Australia off to ideal Davis Cup start after Jordan Thompson's four-setter.

Despite a rocky start, the gamble paid off when Sock and Johnson prevailed in a rollercoaster ride of a match played out on a packed and partisan Pat Rafter Arena.

The Australian comfortably took the second set but there were signs of frustration again in the third as he fell 1-4 behind before responding with five games in a row to secure victory.

The American double-faulted again on the first and last points of a thrilling third-set tiebreaker and was unable to snatch back the momentum after that point.

Hewitt said he felt there was no reason why his team couldn't be the first Australian side to win since 2003.


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