Melbourne - Bernard Tomic ground down Jack
Sock 7-6(2) 6-3 3-6 6-4 to level Australia's Davis Cup first round tie with the
United States at 1-1 in Melbourne on Friday.
The rangy world number 20 hit back for the
hosts after John Isner wrapped up the opening singles against Sam Groth 7-6(2)
6-2 6-2 on a sweltering day at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
Flourishing on the grass court installed
specially for the World Group encounter, Tomic was cruising toward a
comfortable victory before a lapse of concentration led to an early break in
the third set.
World number 24 Sock held firm to take the
match into a fourth but also dropped his level in the heat and Tomic captured
the decisive break in the ninth game.
The Australian raised three match points
with an imperious forehand winner and sealed the contest when Sock clubbed a
"Bernie stepped up. It's never easy
after going down 1-0," Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt said
Isner and Groth's match was a battle of big
servers but the 11th-ranked American returned with fury during his emphatic
"It was a very, very good performance
for me and certainly I've played some matches... where I've struggled on return
but I think today I was pretty solid," Isner said.
Groth was named to play the doubles with
John Peers against the Bryan brothers in Thursday's draw.
But former world No 1 Hewitt, who replaced
Nick Kyrgios after his withdrawal with a virus, could also play, despite
retiring at the Australian Open six weeks ago.
"We'll wait and see... we'll put the
best team out there," the 35-year-old said.