Australia's Davis Cup tennis team (from left) captain Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Sam Groth, John Peers and Bernard Tomic.
Australia's Davis Cup tennis team (from left) captain Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Sam Groth, John Peers and Bernard Tomic. Rob Griffith

Kyrgios fit and fired up for Davis Cup

TENNIS: Nick Kyrgios will get Australia's campaign to return to the World Group of the Davis Cup under way tomorrow.

The Australian No.1 has been drawn to play Slovakian No.2 Andrej Martin in the first singles at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.

Bernard Tomic then will face Slovakian No.1 Jozef Kovalik in the second singles match before Sam Groth and John Peers line up against Martin and Igor Zelenay in Saturday's doubles rubber.

Kyrgios, who has been battling a hip complaint that forced him to pull out of the US Open this month, said he was keen to play for his country again after missing last year's semi-final against Great Britain and the Olympics.

"I want to get the job done which hopefully will get us back in the World Group,” Kyrgios said at the draw ceremony yesterday.

Tomic, who last played with Kyrgios in the Davis Cup in 2013, said earlier this week he thought that at its best this Aussie team could win the Davis Cup for the first time since 2003.

"I experienced something last year. We were in the semi-finals against the UK and we had a chance there,” he said.

"We were a few points away there with the doubles and maybe could have been in the final of the Davis Cup to play Belgium and maybe could have won that Davis Cup last year.

"So it just shows how close we are. I would love nothing more one day than to be a Davis Cup champion with these guys and it's all going to take a big team - not just myself.

"It's a challenge I'm ready to go through and hopefully one day we can win that trophy.”

Kyrgios has not played in the Davis Cup since last year's quarter-final win over Kazakhstan in Darwin.

He will be a hot favourite to put Australia one up against Slovakia this morning, although the Martin did beat the world No.15 in their only previous meeting three years ago in Germany.

Tomic is also strongly fancied to win his opening singles rubber as Australia looks to get back in the world group for next year.

Slovakia is missing its top two highest-ranked singles players, world No.31 Martin Klizan and world No.102 Lukas Lacko, due to injury.


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