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Kyrgios: Davis Cup has done wonders for me

2017-09-12 13:25
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Cape Town - Nick Kyrgios says he will fire up Australia's bid to reach the Davis Cup final when they take on Belgium this weekend in the semi-final in Brussels. 

This is a bit of an attitude turnaround for the 22-year-old, who said declaring two weeks ago that he lacked any dedication to tennis after he bowed out of the opening round of the US Open.  

"I'm not dedicated to the game at all," he told reporters at Flushing Meadows at the time. 

"There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters. I'm not that guy." 

Australia has played well in Davis Cup this year, reaching the semi-final's having beaten the United States in April where Kyrgios played a leading role in that victory in the team event which he openly admits he enjoys partaking in. 

"Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year," Kyrgios said. "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." 

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been credited for bringing out the best in Kyrgios, firing up his passion for the event which Australia last won over a decade ago. 

"'Rusty' (Hewitt) has helped me a lot," said Kyrgios. "I think he's the best captain we've ever had. I know that everyone on our team would run through a brick wall for him. 

"To take home the trophy would be probably a dream come true for me." 

In the other Davis Cup semi-final action France faces Serbia.

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