Australia is in action against Colombia on Tuesday

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Australia is in action against Colombia on Tuesday

Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt believes the five-man squad representing Australia in Madrid is the strongest he has seen under his captaincy. The Australian team comprising of Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Jordan Thompson and John Peers will represent Australia in the revamped Davis Cup Finals in Madrid this week.

“On paper it probably is the best, but paper doesn’t play,” he said. “The Davis Cup requires a different nerve and rankings get thrown out of the door. You need guys that are going to handle the pressure and expectation of playing for their country”.

He further added, “But I have full belief in my five guys. I am very confident, very happy and know they are going to go out there and play bloody well”. Australian No.1 De Minaur ended his 2019 ATP season on a high, first winning a title in Zhuhai in September and following it by reaching the finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel and the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan.

Nick Kyrgios broke through the Top-30 again, capturing two ATP 500 titles — Acapulco and Washington DC. He also had impressive wins over five top-10 opponents in 2019. Jordan Thompson also bounced back into the Top-100, presently ranked at No.64 on the ATP Charts, courtesy healthy runs in Miami, Paris (French Open) and s-Hertogenbosch.

John Millman reached the ATP 500 final in Tokyo in October while John Peers continued to do well in doubles, reaching the Australian Open final with Henri Kontinen and winning the ATP Stuttgart title with Bruno Soares. Australia has been drawn in Group D with Belgium and Colombia, who kick off proceedings when they meet on Monday. Australia is in action against Colombia on Tuesday and Belgium on Wednesday.