A Bernard Tomic-less Australian team has had a perfect start to its opening Davis Cup tie against the Czech Republic, with debutant Jordan Thompson and Nick Kyrgios giving the home side a 2-0 lead on day one.
Australia’s top-ranked player, Kyrgios, had a straightforward win over world number 157 Jan Satral in the afternoon’s rubber.
Kyrgios, who disappointed with a second-round exit at last month’s Australian Open, made quick work of Satral, winning 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 37 minutes.
The controversial Canberran broke in the second game of the match and saved three break points on his own serve the following game to establish a 3-0 lead.
Kyrgios broke again in the sixth game and took a one-set lead with another break of Satral’s serve two games later.
The second set followed a similar pattern, with the Australian breaking early then holding firm to take the set 6-3, and two early breaks in the third set sent the 21-year-old on the way to victory.
Australia would clinch the World Group tie with a win in Saturday’s doubles.
‘The best feeling in the world’: Jordan Thompson
After kissing his Aussie tattoo on his biceps Jordan Thompson declared his winning Davis Cup debut as the best feeling of his life.
Sydneysider Thompson, a self-confessed tennis and rugby league tragic, got Australia off to a flying start in their world group first round tie against the Czech Republic with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over their No.1 player for the tie, Jiri Vesely.
World No.65 Thompson said that playing Davis Cup was a dream come true, only topped by his first-up win.
Thompson said he became hooked on Davis Cup back in 2003 during current Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt’s famous victory over Roger Federer in the semi-final, when he fought back from two sets to love and 3-5 down.
“It was unbelievably satisfying. I couldn’t really describe it out there. It was the best feeling in the world,” 22-year-old Thompson said of his win over Vesely.
“I’ve always wanted to play tennis for Australia and always wanted to be in the Davis Cup.”
Thompson broke 54th-ranked Vesely in the opening game of the match and apart from a slight stumble in the third, was never troubled.
“That was huge, to get off to a great start and break first game and then hold, that gave me a lot of confidence and really relaxed me and I really took it from there and sort of ran away with the match,” Thompson said.
It continued a magic summer for Thompson — winning the men’s doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Brisbane International, making the second round of the Australian Open singles draw for the first time and reaching a career high ranking.
Thompson could make life difficult for Australian No.2 Bernard Tomic to return to the Davis Cup fold after making himself unavailable for this tie.
Thompson said he wasn’t thinking too far ahead but may add to his small tattoo collection with an Australian team victory.
“I’m still thinking about it so I can’t give too much away at the moment.” he said.