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Published: Sun, April 09, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Sock leads US against Australia

Unheralded Jordan Thompson stunned world number 15 Jack Sock in four sets in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup quarter-final between Australia and the United States of America in Brisbane on Friday.

The victor will play either Italy or Belgium in the semifinals in September.

Even Hewitt thought a win might be a bridge too far but his body language on the side of the court said it all as Thompson showed a clinical side when Sock began to lose energy and errors filtered in to his key weapon, a whipping forehand.

Isner played well enough to beat just about anybody on the Tour but Kyrgios has now taken his game to increasingly elite levels.

The last time the two met was in the final of the Atlanta Open in 2016 where Kyrgios was the 7-6 7-6 victor on that occasion, and this was equally tight.

World No.79 Thompson won 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in a tense battle with an out-of-sorts Sock at Pat Rafter Arena.

Australia's Sam Groth and John Peers are not low-ranked journeymen, as was the Swiss team Adrien Bossel and Henri Laaksonen.

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"I'm only human. I'm not going to change in that department", Kyrgios said.

Kyrgios had some great outings during his recent great stretch, defeating world number two Novak Djokovic in straight-sets at Acapulco and Indian Wells. "And I returned really well today so I'm really happy to get the win".

After they had split the first two sets, the American No. 1 looked the more unsafe, but Thompson held on to force a tie-break, and took the set when Sock double-faulted.

"We're still alive", said Courier.

Australia last won the Davis Cup in 2003, when now team captain Lleyton Hewitt played as part of the Australian team that defeated Spain.

The third-ranked Australian, who was given his Davis Cup opportunities this year only through the unavailability of Bernard Tomic, exposed a lack of match fitness in Sock, who had both thighs massaged when he went behind a break of serve in the fourth set. That liability has turned into an enormous advantage, because all four USA players (John Isner, Sock, Querrey an Johnson) are accomplished in singles as well as doubles. Playing only his second Davis Cup tie, Thompson, 22, went into the match against the American number one as the huge underdog. I'll be out there for some of Thommo's match and I think it's a good match up with him against Sock.

But the U.S. soon clicked, firing back to win the second and third sets as Sock rediscovered his touch and his confidence.

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