The Newsroom recaps the Davis Cup in Melbourne, where the USA defeated Australia.
Australia has lost its Davis Cup tie 3-1 against USA in the first round of the Davis Cup at Kooyong, Melbourne.
Friday’s singles matches were split, with John Isner easily accounting for Sam Groth and Bernard Tomic completing a hard fought victory over Jack Sock.
Groth was outclassed by the giant American 7-6 6-2 6-2, with Isner saving all six break points on serve to frustrate the inexperienced Aussie.
Tomic was forced to work a lot harder to square the tie at 1-1. After taking a two set to love lead, Sock stepped up his intensity and the winners began to come freely off his racquet. The American managed to take the match into a fourth set but Tomic stood tall and sealed his first ever victory over Sock, 7-6 6-3 3-6 6-4.
As expected Saturday’s doubles match would prove critical in deciding the outcome of the tie. Recently retired Lleyton Hewitt became the first Australian captain to play in a Davis Cup match since John Bromwich in 1949. He partnered Davis Cup debutant John Peers and the pair faced off against the Bryan brothers.
In typical fighting style the Aussie pair battled back from two sets down to level the match, before the 16-time grand slam champions broke early in the fifth set, and closed it out to give USA at 2-1 lead.
Day three saw Tomic face John Isner, with Tomic needing to win to force a deciding match between Sam Groth and Jack Sock.
Tomic was hampered by a wrist injury throughout and struggled to deal with the Isner serve, with the American sending down the fastest ever recorded Davis Cup serve at 253km/h serve, and 49 aces.
Tomic dropped the first two sets and somehow managed to break the Isner serve to force a 4th set. The 4th set was dominated by serve, with neither player facing a break point. Isner finished stronger against the ailing Tomic and the American sealed the victory to send the USA into the quarter finals.
The USA will play Croatia on home soil in July, while Australia will have a playoff match later in the year to attempt to earn back their spot in the world group. – Luke Cullen
Photo of Bernard Tomic at the Davis Cup from Tennis Australia’s Official Twitter Page.