Kyrgios puts Aus ahead
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 08 Apr 2017 11:14:46|
NICK Kyrgios eased past John Isner 7-5, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) in a duel of big servers to fire Australia to a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup quarter-final in Brisbane on Friday.
The Australian number one carried on from the early work of underdog compatriot Jordan Thompson who stunned Jack Sock in four sets to give the hosts a flying start at a packed Pat Rafter Arena.
In ominous form during last month’s US hardcourt swing, Kyrgios blasted 20 aces to Isner’s 15, largely defusing the towering American’s serve to close out a slow-burning match in two hours and 24 minutes.
Isner battled to the end, saving a match point at 6-5 to take the third set into a tiebreak, then charging into a 5-2 lead. But Kyrgios wrapped up the match in style, mowing through five straight points and sealing victory with a thundering ace.
Hammering a ball into the roaring crowd, Kyrgios hugged captain Lleyton Hewitt and his thrilled team mates. “That was unbelievable today,” 21-year-old Kyrgios said of the crowd support.
“Obviously I have to take care of my serve (against Isner).
“I’ve been playing great tennis .. And I returned really well today so I’m really happy to get the win.”
Kyrgios gave up only two break points, dropping serve once early in the first set to hand Isner a 3-0 lead.