Lleyton Hewitt reflects on his and John Peers' big Davis Cup win

Tennis: Hewitt and Peers beat Austria's Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer to keep Australia's hopes alive in Austria.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Lleyton Hewitt reflects on his and John Peers' big Davis Cup win

Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Lleyton Hewitt and doubles specialist John Peers stepped up on Saturday to help their side stay alive against Austria in a World Group Play-offs tie. Playing Captain Hewitt and Peers survived a tricky clash against Austria's Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer on the clay of Graz 6-1 6-4 3-6 7-5.

It was a must-win situation for Australia as Austria entered Saturday with a 2-0 lead. French Open runner-up Thiem demolished Jordan Thompson in the opening rubber of the tie, before Dennis Novak stunned Alex de Minaur in the following match.

Hewitt and Peers cruised past the opening two sets but Marach and Melzer started the third set with an early break and held on to their serve to force a fourth set. No break points in the fourth set were seen until the 12th game, when Hewitt and Peers converted their second break point -- which at the same was their second match point -- to clinch the win.

"This is Davis Cup doubles. This is what it's meant to be – it's meant to be on the middle day, it’s meant to be best-of-five sets and we're playing in a tough place, away from home, on a tough clay court. And you build team culture and camaraderie from these types of wins," Hewitt said post-match.

"John played fantastic today. We gelled really well, we came out at the start and lit it up and then had to dig deep in the fourth set." Austria are still the big favorite to win the tie as Thiem will be looking to close out the tie wheen he meets de Minaur in the fourth rubber on Sunday.

Also read: Extremely happy Dennis Novak reflects on Davis Cup win over Alex de Minaur

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