Thompson stuns Sock to give Australia 1-0 Davis Cup lead

It may not win over all of his critics but it's certainly helping him win matches, including one over American John Isner as Australia went up 2-0 on a dream opening day of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in Brisbane.

The victor moves on to play the victor between Italy and Belgium.

"There is no greater honour", Thompson said after the match.

Isner said Kyrgios was now a more mature player than in their 2015 and 2016 matches.

He clawed back from 5-2 down in the deciding tiebreaker to finally end Isner's resistance after almost two-and-a-half hours.

Earlier Thompson, ranked 79th in the world, held his nerve to see off a faltering Sock 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 in front of a raucous crowd on Pat Rafter Arena.

Thompsons victory continues the 22-year-olds undefeated run for Australia in Davis Cup after he won both his singles rubbers on debut against Czech Republic at Kooyong in February in straight sets.

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Kyrgios was superb against Isner. It was a surprise for me, but I was practicing really well.

"He (Isner) is one of the best players in the world".

"I'm super proud of these guys today, but it still will take a monstrous effort from us on Day 3", Courier said.

Australia' s Nick Kyrgios played John Isner in the second match of the series, and dominated, winning in straight sets over the American, now ranked 23 in the world. That liability has turned into an enormous advantage, because all four USA players (John Isner, Sock, Querrey an Johnson) are accomplished in singles as well as doubles.

Thompson, 22 and from Sydney, couldn't help but remind fans of his captain, Lleyton Hewitt, as he scrapped and clawed through four sets against Sock, who lost 6-3 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-4 in a disappointing result for U.S. captain Jim Courier. "He's been in good form, I think he's up there with the most wins this season so far", he said of Sock.

The American double-faulted again on the first and last points of a thrilling third-set tiebreaker and was unable to snatch back the momentum after that point. "I'm used to five-set matches".

The American number one looked the more risky in the third but Thompson held on to force a tiebreak, gaining a vital break before taking the set when Sock double-faulted.

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