Nick Kyrgios is on a roll.
Nick Kyrgios is on a roll.

’Extraordinary’ Kyrgios maintains the rage

Nick Kyrgios has continued his hot start to the Davis Cup, defeating Steve Darcis in straight sets to give Australia a 1-0 lead in its tie against Belgium.

Kyrgios toppled Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez on Wednesday to start the Aussies' campaign on the right foot as they romped to a 3-0 win and he maintained the rage against Darcis, overcoming the 35-year-old 6-2 7-6.

The Canberra product won 100 per cent of points when he landed his first serve and delivered nine aces on his last 10 serves as he did his best to make quick work of the Belgian veteran.

Alex de Minaur, also high on confidence after a win in the Colombian tie yesterday, will face David Goffin in the next singles rubber.

Great Britain's marathon 2-1 win over the Netherlands meant Kyrgios didn't get on court until much later than expected at 8.20pm local time and the team is facing a late finish with de Minaur's match and the doubles rubber still to come.

Captain Lleyton Hewitt admitted after the win over Colombia the late finish was not ideal for his players.

"It's a problem. It throws your sleeping pattern, eating, the guys have to get treatment after these matches and then a lot of times you've got to bounce back the next day as well," Hewitt said.

"So it's just another thing we're dealing with this week."

A win over Belgium would see Australia advance to the quarter-finals where a meeting with Canada awaits.

 

 

 

ANGST OVER CANADIAN CONTROVERSY

Canada are embroiled in match forfeiting controversy that could have repercussions for the make-up of the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

On Wednesday (AEDT), Vasek Pospisil beat Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov defeated Taylor Fritz to give Canada a first ever success over the US in 16 Davis Cup attempts.

The victory earned them top spot in Group F with the 14th-ranked side having already beaten Italy 2-1 on Tuesday.

However, Canadian captain Frank Dancevic then opted to concede the final doubles rubber, handing the US a 6-0 6-0 walkover win after three of his players were declared unfit to play.

But with the two best runners-up from the six groups earning a spot in the quarter-finals based on the number of ties, sets and games won, the walkover could work in US team's favour should they beat Italy today.

Novak Djokovic was critical of the Canadian move and also the ITF's decision to award such a comprehensive scoreline given the rules of the competition.

"I personally don't like that," Djokovic said. "That shouldn't be allowed. I understand that Canada is through already.

"Maybe they wanted to rest their injured players for the quarter-finals and onwards?

"But I just feel it's not fair that the opposing team gets 6-0 6-0 because they are going actually head-to-head now against Italy.

"And then the winner is going to be second but then that 6-0 6-0 might make a big difference in the calculations for the second-best teams in the group. I don't think that's fair."

 

 

Djokovic's views were shared by fellow former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who won on his return to Davis Cup for Great Britain after three years away. The Canadians potentially play Australia in the quarter-finals, if Lleyton Hewitt's side tops Group D with victory over Belgium.

"I don't think that's good," Murray said. "One of the positive things to the way the group stages work is that all of the matches are live, there isn't any dead rubbers.

"So where Canada may have felt that was a dead rubber in theory for them because they were already through, that could have implications to all of the teams potentially that might finish in second place."

With AAP