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Tomic has been a committed Davis Cup servant in the past but skipped the home quarter-final against the U.S. in April while in the midst of a form slump.

In the other semi-final Serbia, who are without Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki, are level with France at 1-1.

"Even if their players aren't at the top of the rankings they've got nothing to lose". Following his loss at the US Open, Tomic spoke about himself, saying that he is not the smartest guy in the world and that tennis was all he knew.

The Tricolors are without Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils in the northern city.

The Belgian proved superior despite an injury to his left knee during the U.S. Open earlier this month, which was Belgium's chief concern going into the clay tie. Serbia captain and player Nenad Zimonjic has been forced to reshuffle his squad, selecting Dusan Lajovic, Laslo Djere and Filip Krajinovic for the trip to northern France.

The last time Australia reached the final, Lleyton Hewitt, the current team captain, was in his prime and fittingly, he will oversee the country's best chance of adding to its 28 titles in over a decade.

The French should not be too confident, though.

"Davis Cup has done wonders for me this year".

The countries have not met since the 2010 final, which Serbia won 3-2.

Millman, ranked 185th in the world, has battled with injuries for much of 2017 and is appearing in his first Davis Cup tie.

France have lost in three finals since their last Davis Cup success and their miserable run looked to be continuing when Lajovic stunned the home crowd at the Stade Pierre Mauroy by claiming the first set.

Hewitt knows just how important Peers is to the Australian team in the tie, which begins on Friday night (AEST) on the indoor claycourts. "It has a real opportunity to be a springboard to some really big things over the coming years".

Kyrgios is a huge fan of the team aspect of the Davis Cup and said Hewitt had built a great team spirit within the group.

"I can't relate to anything (Tomic) says anymore", said Kyrgios, who met Steve Darcis in the second singles match yesterday.

NICK Kyrgios staged a gutsy comeback to keep Australia's Davis Cup hopes alive in Brussels, seeing off a determined Belgian veteran Steve Darcis in a five-set thriller.

"It's also the time where tennis expects me to be training, going to the gym and trying to improve the mental side of my game".


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