Mercurial Nick Kyrgios has revealed that the prospect of helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in 14 years is his motivation after another roller-coaster year on the tour. "It's really made me find that love again for just being with the guys and having some fun, knowing that tennis isn't all bad, knowing that you can have some fun with it".
Nick Kyrgios went the distance to keep Australia on pace with Belgium in the Davis Cup semifinals. "I felt a lot of nerves at the start and lost my way a bit but I managed to hang in", said the 33-year-old.
Looking to bounce back from a stinging defeat by France in February and return to the competition's top tier, Japan are without former US Open finalist Kei Nishikori, who has ruled himself out for the rest of the season with a wrist injury. "It (Davis Cup) is my number one priority so to get that win is a bit of relief".
In the second rubber, Steve Darcis gave Kyrgios all he could handle early and even took the lead after a close third set, coming from behind to win the tie-break.
After an engrossing back-and-forth clash, Kyrgios eventually triumphed 6-3 3-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2 to leave the tie tantalisingly poised.
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.
Neither of the Belgians play a great deal of doubles but with Peers' regular Davis Cup partner Sam Groth not in the team, the Aussies will field a new-look doubles team.
"It's such an important tie for Australian tennis", said Todd Woodbridge, who was part of the 2003 winning team.
Kyrgios and Australia will face Belgium in the World Group semi-final at the Babolat French Open All Court in Brussels between September 15 and 17.
There was no such drama in the second rubber as top-ranked Frenchman Tsonga had little trouble racing past world no 95 Djere with a routine 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 6-3 victory.
Noah's team are favoured to progress to the final against a Serbian side sorely missing injured former world No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic.
The victor of this semifinal will play the victor of the France vs. Serbia semifinal in the November 24-26th Davis Cup final.