Australia go 2-1 up in Davis Cup semi-final

France takes a 2-1 lead

Many expected a tight match between the two teams but the men from Down Under produced a brilliant performance as they wrapped up victory in three sets, winning 6-3 6-4 6-0 on clay in Brussels.

In Osaka, Japan took a stranglehold of their Davis Cup world group playoff with Brazil on Friday as Yuichi Sugita and Go Soeda won the opening day's singles, albeit in contrasting fashion.

"We've known each other for a very long time, so that makes getting down together at the same end of the court pretty easy", Peers said.

"To take home the trophy would be probably a dream come true for me".

"There is a constant tug-of-war between the competitor within me wanting to win, win, win and the human in me wanting to live a normal life with my family away from the public glare".

Australia hasn't reached the Davis Cup finals since 2003, when they defeated Spain, so returning to the final would be big for a country that prides themselves on being one of the better tennis countries in the world.

Thompson, who has enjoyed victories over former world number one Andy Murray and America's Jack Sock in the US Open in the past three months, said playing for his country brings out the best in him.

John Peers and Jordan Thompson will take on the wily Ruben Bemelmans, who played in the last meeting between the two nations in Townsville seven years ago, and rookie Arthur De Greef in Saturday's doubles rubber.

France takes a 2-1 lead
Australia go 2-1 up in Davis Cup semi-final

In April, Kyrgios, nearly singlehandedly, led Australia past Team USA in the World Group quarter-final of the 2017 Davis Cup.

The world No. 18 wasted little time in dispatching Laslo Djere 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 to leave the tie level heading to the doubles match.

"I can't relate to anything (Tomic) says anymore", said Kyrgios, who met Steve Darcis in the second singles match yesterday. "I was a bit stressed and I think I passed my stress to Lucas", he said.

Pakistan remain favorites to replace the losers in Asia/Oceania Group I, despite losing the doubles rubber to Thailand in the Group II promotion playoff yesterday.

Kyrgios appears to be over the shoulder injury which short-circuited his US Open campaign, and a 3-0 head-to-head record against Belgian no.1 Goffin augurs well for the Aussie no.1.

Mikhail Kukushkin had given the hosts the lead by seeing off Guido Pella 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, 6-4.

Boris Becker, recently-installed as Germany's head of tennis, saw his team edge 2-1 ahead of Portugal in Lisbon.

Switzerland, the 2014 champions, are 1-1 against Belarus while Colombia and Croatia and Hungary against Russian Federation also shared the opening day's honours. Ramkumar Ramanathan's four-set win over Brayden Schnur got India off to a flying start.

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