Davis Cup semi-finals: Australia and France lead after winning doubles


Nick Kyrgios fired shots at fellow Australian Bernard Tomic, saying that his former Davis Cup team mate has "lost his way" and "doesn't make sense". Switzerland are without Roger Federer or Stan Wawrinka in a tie with Belarus, Canada minus injured Milos Raonic host India, Germany face Portugal, the Czech Republic clash with the Netherlands, and Russian Federation play Hungary. Australia's most recent win was in 2003 when they defeated Spain in the final.

The tie concludes with the reverse singles on Sunday, when Kyrgios is scheduled to meet Goffin, followed by Millman up against Darcis.

In the other semifinal in Brussels, Belgium will host 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay. The Belgians will be led by David Goffin and Steve Darcis.

In a wide-ranging piece he wrote for the newly launched Players Voice, Kyrgios offered up his opinion on Tomic's future and said "a lot has changed" since he was good friends with the 24-year-old. His record is less convincing on clay, though, at 1-3, including a loss in the doubles. He has created history when representing his country before, however.

John Millman will take some juice out of the underprepared David Goffin's legs on day one, and Nick Kyrgios will reap the rewards on Day 3 when he plays Goffin sealing the tie for Australia, three rubbers to one.

But just who will partner the man ranked No.1 in the world, with Finland's Henri Kontinen, in Saturday's crucial doubles rubber in Brussels is unsure, with captain Lleyton Hewitt weighing up his options.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the U.S. past year.

Before crediting captain Hewitt for Australia's resurgence at the world stage, Kyrgios revealed Rusty's impact on his young career.

However, Goffin, who has now won 14 of his last 15 singles rubbers, held his nerve when it mattered and saw out the match on his second match point, to the relief of the home crowd and the bitter disappointment of the Australian. Kyrgios will face Steve Darcis tomorrow; if he plays the way he has in Davis Cup matches this year he shouldn't have any problems.

Belgium's Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans are expected to team up against Australians John Peers and Jordan Thompson in Saturday's doubles, with French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut facing Filip Krajinovic and Zimonjic in Lille.

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