Lleyton Hewitt puts Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals after defeating Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan
Australia beat Kazakhstan to reach Davis Cup semi-finals
SHOWS: DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA (JULY 19, 2015) (ITF – SEE RESTRICTIONS)
SAM GROTH (YELLOW SHIRT, WHITE CAP) V MIKHAIL KUKUSHKIN
1. SAM GROTH AND NIKHAIL KUKUSHKIN KNOCKING UP
2. AUSTRALIAN DAVIS CUP PLAYERS NICK KYRGIOS (LEFT) AND THANASI KOKKINAKIS
3. SECOND SET TIE BREAK: GROTH SERVES, WINS SECOND SET WITH FOREHAND VOLLEY
4. FOURTH SET TIE BREAK: KUKUSHKIN SERVES, GROTH HITS BACKHAND OUT AND GROTH WINS THE MATCH
5. AUSTRALIAN DAVIS CUP CAPTAIN WALLY MASUR APPLAUDING
6. GROTH AND KUKUSHKIN SHAKE HANDS AT THE NET
LLEYTON HEWITT (YELLOW SHIRT) V ALEKSANDR NEDOVYESOV
7. FIRST SET TIE BREAK: ALEKSANDR NEDOVYESOV SERVES, HEWITT WINS POINT WITH FOREHAND DOWN THE LINE RETURN TO TAKE A 4-2 LEAD
8. THIRD SET: NEDOVYESOV SERVES, HITS FOREHAND LONG AND HEWITT WINS THE MATCH/KYRGIOS, GROTH AND KOKKINAKIS RUSH ON COURT TO CONGRATULATE HEWITT/HEWITT RUNS AND EMBRACES NEDOVYESOV
9. LEYTON HEWITT’S MOTHER APPLAUDING
10. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LLEYTON HEWITT SPEAKING AFTER HIS VICTORY, SAYING:
“Some of my greatest wins are in Davis Cup and probably all my toughest losses are in Davis Cup so I am going to enjoy this one.”
11. AUSTRALIAN DAVIS CUP TEAM
12. CROWD APPLAUDING
STORY: Ageing tour warrior Lleyton Hewitt ushered Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals in Darwin on Sunday (July 19), trouncing Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(2) 6-2 6-3 in the decisive singles rubber against Kazakhstan.
Australia will meet either Britain or France for a place in their first final since 2003 after the two-times grand slam champion thrilled a raucous home crowd by dominating his 115th-ranked opponent in a vintage performance.
Hewitt’s win completed a stirring fightback for Australia, who were 2-0 down after the opening day when young guns Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, dubbed ‘the Special K’s’ in Australia, both flopped in the singles.
Australia’s number one Bernard Tomic was absent, booted from the team after a public tirade against the country’s tennis administration at Wimbledon.
Australia Davis Cup captain Wally Masur’s selection of Sam Groth in place of Kyrgios was to prove a master-stroke as the late-blooming 27-year-old set up the perfect stage for Hewitt’s final heroics in a nerve-wracking four-set encounter with Mikhail Kukushkin.
World number 68 Groth, who teamed up with Hewitt to win the doubles on Saturday (July 18) and keep Australia in the tie, kept his composure in the decisive tiebreak to seal the grass-court match 6-3 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) and level the tie 2-2.
In the decisive singles match, Hewitt secured the first set tie break and comfortably took the second 6-2.
After Nedovyesov blasted a shot past the baseline to surrender, 34-year-old Hewitt rolled over onto his back on the grasscourt and rushed over to embrace his whooping team mates.
“Some of my greatest wins are in Davis Cup and probably all my toughest losses are in Davis Cup so I am going to enjoy this one,” he said.
Hewitt will retire after the next Australian Open in January, so guiding his team into the final four for the first time since 2006 will be a treasured moment for a player who has competed for his country since his 1999 Davis Cup debut.