Nick Kyrgios has declared Australia can win the Davis Cup after comfortably seeing off Colombia in Madrid.
Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur cruised to straight-sets victories over Alejandro Gonzalez and Daniel Galan respectively to open up an unassailable 2-0 lead.
World No. 18 de Minaur blew away Daniel Galan 6-4 6-3, a day after the world No. 193 took Belgian world No. 11 David Goffin to three sets in the opening tie in Group D.
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A zoned-in Kyrgios earlier produced a powerful display against an overmatched but gallant opponent who is ranked 468th in the world, winning 6-4 6-4. Gonzalez was a late inclusion for the match after Santiago Giraldo, who played Belgium’s Steve Darcis on Monday, was rested.
Kyrgios, who was lauded for his attitude around the squad this week by team captain Lleyton Hewitt, showed none of his histrionics, leaving the underarm serves and tweeners in the locker in his first match for Australia since February 2018.
The 24-year-old was imperious on serve, hurling down 16 aces and dropping only one point off his serve in the opening set and five in the second. Kyrgios wrapped up the win in just over an hour in front of a crowd loudly dominated by Colombian fans, then declared he is feeling in great condition.
“I haven’t played a match in a couple of months; obviously had that injury. [I] took time off to get ready for this event,” Kyrgios said on-court after the win.
“It was good … obviously it’s never easy, Davis Cup ties like this, expecting to win pretty easy, but rankings go out of the window I think with Davis Cup. We saw a couple of upsets yesterday.”
Kyrgios added: “I think we can win it for sure. I think the way Alex is playing and I know that I can beat every single person in this competition.
“And we’ve got great doubles players, John Peers, Jordan [Thompson] can play singles or doubles
“Then we have great energy guys like John Millman. We’ve got good depth. I think our chemistry compared to the other teams is definitely up there.”
Australia can wrap up a 3-0 win in the doubles clash between Peers and Thompson against the world No. 1 pairing of Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal who won their match against Belgium.