Alexander Zverev beats Nick Kyrgios to send Germany into quarters

Germany have reached the quarter-final of the Davis Cup after securing a 3-1 win over Australia on the back of Alexander Zverev’s victory over Nick Kyrgios.

They finished 1-1 on the opening day as Zverev and Kyrgios both won their opening rubbers, but Germany edged ahead with the doubles when Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff beat John Peers and Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.

World No 5 Zverev then gave the visitors an unassailable lead on Sunday as he beat Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in one hour and 48 minutes.

“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my team-mates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.

“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”

The opening set lasted just 23 minutes as Kyrgios was broken twice, and he then required a medical timeout in the second before losing the tie-breaker.

Zverev went up 3-1 in the third set before he broke again for 5-2 before serving out the match.

“It obviously affected me a lot,” Kyrgios said of his elbow problem.

“My serve is my biggest strength – I mean I thought he played great today – but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game.

“It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.”