The Heartbreaking Reason Why Nick Kyrgios Is Furious With Tennis

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Australia hasn't reached the Davis Cup finals since 2003, when they defeated Spain, so returning to the final would be big for a country that prides themselves on being one of the better tennis countries in the world.

France and Australia remain favourites to advance to the final, but neither takes a lead having shared the spoils in the opening round of singles matches.

Peers has claimed 13 ATP doubles titles since 2013, first enjoying success with Britain's Jamie Murray before linking up with Kontinen at the start of 2016 and winning this year's Australian Open in January.

"'Rusty' (Hewitt) has helped me a lot", said Kyrgios.

"We combine well together and played together at Hertogenbosch on the grass where we got to the semis but played out some tight wins".

Both ties conclude tomorrow with the reverse singles matches.

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.

Nick Kyrgios clinched a five-set thriller to pull Australia level with Belgium in the Davis Cup semi-finals late on Friday, just hours after admitting he wasn't taking tennis seriously enough. Kyrgios and Australia will face Belgium in the World Group semi-final at the Babolat French Open All Court in Brussels between September 15 and 17.

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"Davis Cup for me is one of the most important events that I can play". I think he's the best captain we've ever had.

Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt has sensationally axed Thanasi Kokkinakis from the Davis Cup semi-final against Belgium.

"I didn't get to spend the time with her I wanted to and tennis was the reason for that".

"It's going to be a tough day at the office but it would have been even if we were ahead".

"Also, I'm not playing by myself out there".

No one has ever doubted the natural talent of Nick Kyrgios, but many have had a crack at his passion.

"Losses when you play for yourself I take pretty hard", the 185th-ranked Millman explained.

John Peers and Jordan Thompson will play the wily Ruben Bemelmans, who played in the last meeting between the two nations in Townsville seven years ago, and rookie Arthur De Greef in Saturday's doubles rubber. 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.

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