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Kyrgios confident of fitness for Davis Cup tie

2016-09-13 08:50
Nick Kyrgios (Getty Images)

Sydney - Australian number one Nick Kyrgios played down concerns over his hip injury on Tuesday and said he felt ready to play this week's Davis Cup World Group play-off against Slovakia.

The injury forced Kyrgios, the world number 15, to quit the US Open third round in tears just a week ago. But he said in Sydney: "I wouldn't be here if I didn't want to play."

"I feel ready. I'm playing probably the best tennis I have," added the 21-year-old.

"I've hit twice since I've been here and been going for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, so it's feeling good and I'm feeling confident with it.

"I just got a niggling injury that came out of nowhere almost. (But) I feel I've been going pretty well. I've been on the rise the whole year. I've been playing well. I feel confident and I think we can do great things."

Kyrgios - who made his Davis Cup debut in the doubles as an 18-year-old in 2013 - has only played four ties, with a 3-4 win-loss record in singles.

Bernard Tomic and doubles specialists John Peers and Sam Groth complete the team to face Slovakia from September 16-18, where both countries are trying to secure a place in next year's World Group.

Kyrgios, who like Tomic has a chequered reputation, praised his team-mates, saying: "It means a lot to me being... alongside these guys trying to get back into the World Group."

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