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Dramatic win over GB one of my highlights, beams Kyrgios

 

Going through: Nick Kyrgios celebrates the success
Going through: Nick Kyrgios celebrates the success

By Eleanor Crooks

Nick Kyrgios claimed Australia's dramatic ATP Cup victory over Great Britain ranked as one of the best moments of his career after helping Alex de Minaur defeat Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in the decisive doubles rubber.

An intense encounter went to the wire before Australia prevailed 3-6 6-3 18-16 to advance to the semi-finals and a meeting with either Belgium or Spain.

Australia had to wait to celebrate, with Britain challenging whether Kyrgios' serve landed on the service line after Salisbury missed a backhand return on their fifth match point, but, once confirmed, De Minaur and Kyrgios collapsed into an embrace on court.

"It was unreal," Kyrgios said. "The adrenaline has kind of worn off and I'm exhausted after that match. It was awesome.

"Today was one of the best moments in my career, definitely. Just making it through to the semi-final, the first ever ATP Cup in that type of fashion, was pretty special... we genuinely care for each other, and (our team-mates) were genuinely just so ecstatic."

Britain had four match points of their own, but Murray was left to rue a missed backhander on top of the net.

"I missed that shot basically on top of the net, which was ridiculous," he said. "We hung in and we did well. We just couldn't quite get the last point."

Earlier, Dan Evans had beaten De Minaur in the first singles match to force the decisive doubles contest, winning 7-6 (4) 4-6 7-6 (2).

"That's why I play sport, for occasions like that. I enjoyed it," Evans said. "It hurt a bit, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

"Hopefully everyone in the crowd enjoyed it as well. I was just proud to put a point on the board and we obviously didn't, but it was hopefully to go out there and get the win and win the tie, but that's the way it goes."

Russia also reached the semi-finals after singles victories for Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev against Argentina.

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