Kyrgios misses Australian Davis Cup first practice, Hewitt not disappointed


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Kyrgios misses Australian Davis Cup first practice, Hewitt not disappointed

Australian Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt is delighted to see that Australian tennis ace Nick Kyrgios is in a great form. Kyrgios has reached back-to-back Miami Open semi-finals after outclassing promising Alexander Zverev on Thursday 6-4 6-7 (9) 6-3.

He has now set up a last-four stage meeting with 18-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer. The two were set to meet in the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals -- but it didn't happen -- as Kyrgios announced that he was forced to pull out due to suspected food poisoning.

Australia will be facing the United States in the Davis Cup quarter-finals next week at Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane, April 7-9. The Australian team had its first practice on Friday -- Kyrgios of course wasn't present.

However, Hewitt is probably ''happy'' that the 21-year-old didn't attend that practice accounting the current situation. The Miami Open semi-finalist could join his team as early as Monday morning. ''It’s great news for him to tough out three matches in a row against quality players,'' Hewitt said of Kyrgios, as quoted by The Courier Mail. ''Whenever he was going to come in, you’d deal with him differently, but winning form is good form. ''He’s a confidence type of player.

It will be about managing him and keeping his rhythm ticking over. He’s serving well and he didn’t face a break point (against Zverev). It tells me how confident he is on serve at the moment.'' Also read: Lleyton Hewitt hopes Nick Kyrgios will translate his great form to Davis Cup next week