Australia vs Belgium Tips and Odds - Davis Cup Semi-Final 2017

Tricia Pearson
September 17, 2017

"I'm just a massive fan of team sports and that's probably the closest thing we've got in tennis". Their head-to-head record stands at two wins apiece, but the Belgians prevailed in the last two encounters - in a first-round fixture in 2007 followed by a 2010 World Group play-off victory in Cairns, Australia.

It will be the fifth meeting between the two nations.

Thompson, who is yet to lose in three Davis Cup matches, would then partner Peers in the doubles, with Kyrgios and Kokkinakis playing in the singles games.

Belgium and Australia are also tied 1-1 after the opening rubbers in Brussels.

The world No.12 was made to work hard for his victory by the 185th-ranked Queenslander, who was only called into the team by Hewitt on Thursday.

The non-participation of household names is evident in the France-Serbia tie, with the French without injured Gael Monfils, while Serbia are missing Novak Djokovic, who will not play again until January due to an elbow injury and the birth of his second child.

Kyrgios has penned a typically forthright column for the new website PlayersVoice, where Australian sportspeople write unfiltered, first-person content.

Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef will represent Belgium against Australians John Peers and Jordan Thompson.

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But this is sure that the most loved game by the Pakistani people will come back to their country. Sri Lankan seamer Perera was the pick of World XI's bowlers with 2-37 in his four overs.

Nick Kyrgios shrugged off the recent slump in his Grand Slam form to win a dramatic five-set clash with Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7, 6-1, 6-2 in the Davis Cup semifinals in Brussels.

Sugita beat Guilherme Clezar 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 with quiet efficiency in Osaka before Soeda nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in a nail-biting 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 win over Thiago Monteiro.

"Throughout the match there are little momentum waves, he played some good points and hit some spots on serve".

Australia's No. 1 player nearly saw his team put on the brink of defeat going into the doubles tilt, but Kyrgios had other ideas.

The win followed Lucas Pouille's shock defeat in the opening singles match. Kyrgios will face Steve Darcis tomorrow; if he plays the way he has in Davis Cup matches this year he shouldn't have any problems.

Kyrgios has had his own well-documented issues, including a suspension for tanking, however the No.20 ranked player said he and Tomic's issues were very different.

Things looked bleak for Australia after Darcis took the third set in a tiebreak to leave the visitors staring down the barrel of 2-0 deficit ahead of the doubles rubber.

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