Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Goffin declares himself fit for Australia Davis Cup tie

Goffin declares himself fit for Australia Davis Cup tie

At stake, is a place in the title match. The two nations faced off in 2007, with Belgium winning at home three rubbers to two.

But Hewitt used every ounce of his 18-year experience in this competition to coax his mercurial spearhead into believing he could see off Darcis - the man who relegated Australia from the World Group in a playoff decider in Townsville in 2010.

Both semifinals are played on clay.

Can the Australians silence the sure to be raucous crowd, or will Belgium return to the final for the second time in three years?

The world No.12 was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by Hewitt on Thursday.

Goffin prevailed 6-7 (7-4) 6-4 6-3 7-5 against Millman, who was making his Davis Cup debut. He's the leader, he's the No. 1 player.

Undeterred, Kyrgios produced a thumping forehand victor from the first point of the fourth, which set him up for the first of three breaks as Darcis wilted.

Australia has played Belgium four times.

Neither of the Belgians play a great deal of doubles but with Peers' regular Davis Cup partner Sam Groth not in the team, the Aussies will field a new-look doubles team.

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. Darcis has the experience and nous to lead his country back to the final.

Kyrgios credited Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt with fostering that team spirit, before claiming that the Davis Cup has helped rekindle his motivation for the sport.

Australia are bidding to reach their first Davis Cup final in 14 years and former Australian captain John Fitzgerald described Kyrgios' comeback win as a potentially-defining one. His record is less convincing on clay, though, at 1-3, including a loss in the doubles.

Kyrgios, defeated in the first round of the US Open by compatriot Millman earlier this month, went into the match suffering a hip injury as well as a lack of motivation.

Millman, ranked 185th in the world, has battled with injuries for much of 2017 and is appearing in his first Davis Cup tie.

Hewitt was set to name the pairing overnight, with Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis or Jordan Thompson to line up alongside Peers on Saturday.

Belgian Davis Cup hero David Goffin beat back a strong challenge from John Millman, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 staking the host to a 1-0 lead.

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