Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
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Great Britain one win away from semi-finals — ATP Cup

Great Britain one win away from semi-finals — ATP Cup

The fourth-ranked Medvedev blamed the meltdown on jet lag from Russia's cross-continental journey from Perth to Sydney - including an overnight stop in Melbourne - between the group stage and the quarterfinals.

The match was as wild as it gets, with a breathtaking tiebreak deciding the winning team. My past record says I am. "I got a code violation which I deserve - the second one is no question".

A dynamic Nick Kyrgios and dogged Alex de Minaur powered Australia into the ATP Cup semi-finals yesterday with an epic 2-1 win against the Tim Henman-led Britain, and they were joined by Russian Federation who overpowered Argentina.

The match was entertaining from the very start, with the Australians looking really fired up despite not being able to handle the Brits in the first set. He had set point on serve but was broken in a game lasting 8½ minutes.

De Minaur and Evans split the opening sets, setting up a third set contest that went to a draw.

Seven games later, Medvedev approached the chair to get clarification on the code violation.

Australia wasted four match points of their own before Salisbury missed a backhand return, although even then the celebrations were placed on hold.

Medvedev said he got the second code violation for arguing about the first one, "because I didn't hear it". "That's why I play sport is for occasions like that". 'It was important for him to stay mentally strong, maintain his calm and see what's going to come. "All the matches were won in singles, which is fantastic, and I think only Spain did the same so far", Medvedev said.

Now the Russians will meet the victor of Friday's quarterfinal between Serbia and Canada.

The Australian duo were a surprise choice, team captain Lleyton Hewitt sending them in at the last minute ahead of Chris Guccione and John Peers. "I'm definitely going to be a couple of red wines tonight".

"It was unreal", Kyrgios said. "But it was awesome".

"Alex is playing some of the best tennis of his career right now as well so right now, we'll just enjoy it for probably the next 24 hours". In the end, it was a 101mph serve from Nick Kyrgios that sealed Australia's 2-1 win.

Britain nearly ended it, having four match points in the doubles. Jamie Murray in particular had a golden opportunity to seal the win, a backhand volley at the net that will haunt him for some time, his shot echoing past the baseline and landing outside the open court to gasps from the Melbourne crowd and Murray himself holding his head in his hands.

"I can't believe he missed that, I'm sorry but that was tough".

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