It was a little bit surprising that John Millman was chosen by Lleyton Hewitt over Thanasi Kokkinakis for the Davis Cup semi-final tie against Belgium. The Australian captain explained why he took this decision: 'John is match hardened, he’s played a lot of five-set tennis, particularly in New York.
We have full belief in that he can do a job for us. We have to look at where Thanasi is at, at the moment. He’s had a pretty rough two years with his body and trying to get it right. He is on a path there to getting it right and playing top tennis again.
He hasn’t played that many big matches at the moment, particularly over five sets. 'But we want to be in a position where Stolts (Jason Stoltenberg) and I and Tony Roche can make tough decisions because we want guys that are playing well and putting their hand up to play for our country.' Kokkinakis said he was 'gutted' by Hewitt's move.
The 21-year-old, who returned to competition in May this year after almost a two-year absence on the ATP Tour in singles, had lost in four sets to Kei Nishikori at Roland Garros and had also reached Los Cabos final, but Millman went through two main draw matches at the US Open and so that's why he will play against David Goffin on Friday and eventually against Steve Darcis on Sunday, in the reverse singles.