Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Australia out of Davis Cup after Nick Kyrgios loses to Alexander Zverev

Australia out of Davis Cup after Nick Kyrgios loses to Alexander Zverev

Defending champion France advanced to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup after beating the Netherlands 3-1 Sunday for its eighth win in nine matches at home.

The reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday.

Italy's Fabio Fognini beat Japan's Yuichi Sugita to give his country a 3-1 victory in Morioka.

At 40-15 in the final game, Sugita saved the first match point before hitting long on the second.

It was doubles partner Tim Puetz who proved the difference, however, in the 6-4, 6-7 (7/1), 6-2 6-7 (7/4), 6-4 win.

While this was the last we'll see of the male tennis players until 2019, the Australian summer of tennis concludes next weekend with Australia hosting Ukraine in the Fed Cup World Group II tie in Canberra. "To finish like this is fantastic", Ramos-Vinolas said.

Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt was hopeful the plucky de Minaur would recover from his draining debut on Friday to contest the fifth - and possibly deciding - rubber of the first round tie at Melbourne's Pat Rafter Arena.

The hosts had to do without Rafael Nadal while Britain was without Andy Murray.

German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.

"It's an wonderful feeling, hopefully this is just the beginning for us", the fifth-ranked Zverev said. Kyrgios was clearly restricted ahead of the second-set tiebreak, earning a point penalty to trail 4-0 after slamming his racket into the ground following another unforced error - he made 34 in the match.

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"When I heard Australia didn't make a change I had a very good feeling", he said.

The United States had already secured its quarterfinal place on Saturday with an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Serbia in Nis.

In other matches, the USA advanced to the quarter-finals stage after Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson won to give them an unassailable 3-0 lead in Serbia.

Belgium are 2-1 up against Hungary.

"We can't always bank on Nick going out there and playing three matches".

The American duo beat Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic in four sets 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

Croatia mounted a superb comeback in their tie against Canada, with world No. 3 Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodlig roaring back from two sets down to eke out a 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil for a 2-1 lead.

The Swiss, since winning the title in 2014, have lost in the first round each year since.

Cilic and Dodig defeated Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to put the Croats a 2-1 lead.

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