Davis Cup 2017: Nick Kyrgios leads the Chinan fightback against Belgium

‘s Nick Kyrgios during his five-set thriller with Belgium’s Steve Darcis. Photo: APBrussels:Nick Kyrgios has fought back to keep ‘s Davis Cup hopes alive after seeing off a determined Steve Darcis in a five-set thriller in Brussels.
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Kyrgios won 6-3 4-6 6-7 (7-5) 6-1 6-2 against the wily world No.70 who had looked set to inflict more misery on –seven years after relegating the 28-time champions from the World Group.

he crucial victory levelled the tie at 1-1 ahead of Saturday’s doubles rubber after David Goffin earlier beat a spirited John Millman.

Kyrgios stormed imperiously through the opening set, sending down eight aces without losing a point in five service games.

The controversial Canberran stirred up the home fans by cupping his ear to them after taking the lead, a move that only seemed to inspire Darcis, who was playing in his 21st tie for his country.

Belgium haddrawn first bloodwhen Goffin prevailedover Millman6-7 (7-4) 6-4 6-3 7-5 in a three-and-a-half hour marathonto give the hosts a 1-0 lead at the Palais 12 arena.

John Millman fell short in an epic three-and-a-half hour duel with Belgian David Goffin in Brussels. Photo: AP

The world No.12 has now won 14 of his last 15 Davis Cup singles matches, but he was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by captain Lleyton Hewitt on Thursday.

Millman grabbed the opening set in a tiebreak after battling back from a break down to stun the noisy home crowd.

However, the 28-year-old Millman demonstrated tremendous fighting spirit to break back immediately only to surrender his serve in the next game, before once again levelling the scores at 3-3.

Belgium’s David Goffin after beating ‘s John Millman during the first rubber of the Davis Cup semi-final in Brussels on Friday. Photo: AP

Millman had another break point at 4-3 but was unable to convert. Goffin broke Millman for a 6-5 lead and ultimately served out the match.

However, the 28-year-old Millman demonstrated tremendous fighting spirit to break back immediately only to surrender his serve in the next game, before once again levelling the scores at 3-3.

Millman had another break point at 4-3 but was unable to convert. Goffin broke Millman for a 6-5 lead and ultimately served out the match.