Thompson scores huge Davis Cup upset

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But teammate Jordan Thompson's 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over American Jack Sock, the highest-ranked player in the tie at No.15, set the Americans back on their heels.

Peers and Groth fell 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3 to Jack Sock and Steve Johnson, with the margin in the World Group quarter-final tie now at 2-1 after Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios triumphed in their singles matches on Friday at Pat Rafter Arena. I'll be out there for some of Thommo's match and I think it's a good match up with him against Sock.

Thompson carried all the momentum with him into the fourth set against an increasingly exhausted looking Sock and closed out the match in three hours.

Australia can clinch the tie and advance to a semifinal in September against Italy or Belgium with a win on Saturday in doubles.

"Two down, looking at three down as you head into a tough doubles match, it feels obviously refreshing to (still) have a challenge in front of us", Courier said. "Im really proud of both boys, but theres still a bloody long way to go".

Late in the first set of the doubles, former Australian Davis Cup victor Todd Woodbridge said on Channel Seven commentary that Sock looked as "flat as he was when he finished the match" on Friday.

But if the 21-year-old can replicate his stunning straight-sets win over John Isner, Hewitt warned it'll take one hell of a performance to beat him.

Sock, who has played 5hr 34min of tennis in two days, is scheduled to play Kyrgios first-up, with John Isner to take on Thompson in the fifth and final match.

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"I've been playing great tennis".

And the American duo made sure the USA would live to fight another day when they outlasted the Australian pair 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

Kyrgios was able to adopt a front-runner's calm after he grabbed back a first-set break of serve.

"Just playing within myself, not trying to go too big", Thompson said post-match.

Courier said the doubles win had given the Australians something to think about going into Sunday.

Earlier, Thompson fed off the rowdy home crowd to edge Sock 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 for the biggest win of his career. "We're certainly not happy with the score by any means, but we're professionals, and we'll be ready to play come tomorrow".

The bearded American produced some brilliant reflex volleys and piercing returns to get the visitors right back in the contest.

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