Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Millman set for Davis Cup debut

Millman set for Davis Cup debut

"We were pretty good mates when I was younger", he said. 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. The two nations faced off in 2007, with Belgium winning at home three rubbers to two.

The big boys took care of business on the first day of Davis Cup semifinal action in Brussels, Belgium.

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.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille lead France in singles play this weekend on clay against Serbia at Stade Pierre Mauroy, the venue where France lost to Switzerland the last time it made it to the final three years ago.

New Zealander Ben McLachlan, who has switched allegiance to play for Japan, is expected to make his Davis Cup bow in the doubles.

"Davis Cup for me is one of the most important events that I can play".

David Goffin, now ranked 12th in the world, scored Belgium's first point of the tie as he came from a set down to beat Australian John Millman at Palais 12 in Brussels.

Earlier on Friday, Kyrgios' team-mate John Millman threatened a shock when he took the first set off David Goffin, but the world number 12 responded to clinch a 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 7-5 win and give the hosts the lead.

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt says that John Millman's late call-up to debut in the Australian Davis Cup team for the semifinal against Belgium is a reward for his strong form over recent weeks.

World No.20 Nick Kyrgios will take on Steve Darcis in the second singles match on day one.

It was arguably his best performance in a campaign that has also seen him beat Novak Djokovic at Indian Wells in March and more recently Rafael Nadal in Cincinnati.

Despite his strong form on the world stage, Peers was overlooked by a succession of Davis Cup captains until Hewitt took over and gave him his debut against the US previous year.

On Saturday John Peers and Jordan Thompson will go up against Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef in the doubles rubber. 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.

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has played down his comparison with Bernard Tomic, saying that he is in a category, different from his fellow countryman.

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