Competing in his sixth Davis Cup singles rubber, Jordan Thompson took down Thiago Monteiro 6-4, 6-4 to push Australia in front in the Davis Cup Qualifiers tie in Auckland. Kicking off his fourth straight year in the national squad, Jordan had to retire in Delray Beach in his previous tournament before joining the squad in Adelaide, stepping in with John Millman to replace Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios to lead Australia towards a 2-0 lead after Friday's singles encounters.
After seven comfortable holds on both sides, a left-handed Brazilian survived a couple of challenging points to endure the pressure and level the score at 4-4 before he netted a forehand in the tenth game to suffer a break and hand the set to Thompson.
The Aussie broke at love in the second game of the second set before Monteiro claimed a more extended rally to pull the break back in game seven and get back to the positive side of the scoreboard. Nonetheless, Jordan stayed focused and secured a break at 15 in game ten to seal the deal and deliver the first point for his country.
"It's massive," Thompson said. "I didn't want to be sending John Millman out there to chaise the result and I made a perfect start. Lleyton Hewitt told me to put the returns in at any cost and mount the pressure on my opponent.
I served at a very high percentage, made many returns and didn't miss too many balls from the back. It was just an excellent match. Playing Davis Cup is never easy and I'm very pleased with my performance. It's great to have that Aussie support and know that the crowd is behind you, that helps a lot.
Fortunately, every time I've played Davis Cup on day one I've played the first match, so I knew what to expect and I'm pleased with myself and pleased with the way I fought."