Thursday, September 14, 2017

Davis Cup: Kokkinakis is left out

Davis Cup: Kokkinakis is left out

Australia will face Belgium for a place in the Davis Cup final in Brussels but Thanasi Kokkinakis will not be part of the tie.

Kokkinakis had been expected to tackle David Goffin on the opening day, but captain Lleyton Hewitt kept the hosts on their toes by bringing in the world No. 185 at the last minute.

Hewitt has decided that John Millman is his man to take on the Belgians.

Millman will meet Goffin for the first time in Friday’s opening rubber, before Nick Kyrgios takes on Steve Darcis – also a first clash between the two.

Ruben Bemelmans and Arthur De Greef are scheduled to face John Peers and Jordan Thompson in Saturday’s doubles rubber, while the reverse singles could see the clash of the tie – if proceedings are still live on Sunday – with Kyrgios up against Goffin.

The Canberra native has never lost to Goffin, wininng all three of their previous contests – albeit all of which came on a hard court in Tokyo last year, and Miami and Cincinnati this year – for the loss of just a solitary set.

There’s much at stake for both teams this weekend. Australia is seeking a spot in the Davis Cup Final for the first time since it defeated Spain back in 2003, while Belgium is eyeing a place in the title decide for only the third time in its history – albeit the second time in three years.