Monday 23 October 2017 / 12:37 AM

AUSTRALIA PIPPED BY BELGIUM IN DAVIS CUP SEMIS

Australia has crashed out of the Davis Cup, losing their semi-final tie 3-2 to Belgium.

The Australian team, captained by Davis Cup legend Lleyton Hewitt, led 2-1 heading into Sunday’s reverse singles rubber.

They only needed to win one more match to progress to their first final in 14 years, but both Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson fell short.

Aussie spearhead Kyrgios went down to top ranked Belgian David Goffin in four sets 7-6 (4), 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

It was the first time Kyrgios had lost to Goffin in four encounters.

“When he is playing at that level he is up there with the best in the world,” Kyrgios said.

“He served unbelievably well today. He was moving great, hitting great. He was too good.”

Kyrgios started the match strongly, gaining the early lead in a tiebreak. He fired down 24 aces, but an inspired Goffin hit double the amount of winners (39 to 19).

“I thought I started the match really well, I had a couple of opportunities early and could have been up three or four love up,” Kyrgios said.

“It was a tough match but he played at a pretty high level, I thought the match in general was a pretty high level. It was too good by him today.”

Jordan Thompson was then called in as a late replacement for John Millman, who played the first singles runner.

But the 23-year-old was unable to produce the same magic that boasted him to wins against Andy Murray and Jack Sock throughout the season.

He ultimately went down to Steve Darcis in straight sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to seal the Aussie fate.

It’s the second time Darcis has been responsible for breaking Australian hearts at the Davis Cup. In 2010 he defeated Carsten Ball in the deciding rubber, relegating Australia from the World Group.

Belgium will now contest their second Davis Cup final in three years in November.

They will meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s French team, who defeated Serbia 3-1 in their semi-final tie.

[YouTube – Davis Cup by BNP Paribas]

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