Aussies sent packing from Davis Cup title race
AUSTRALIA has crashed out of the Davis Cup after Belgium fought back from trailing 1-2 in their World Group semi-final in Brussels to advance to the final.
Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson both suffered defeats in the reverse singles matches to deny the Aussies a first final appearance since 2003.
Belgium will face France in the title-decider in November after veteran Steve Darcis turned out to be Australia's Davis Cup conqueror once again in the fifth and deciding match.
Darcis first broke Australian hearts in a deciding rubber following his victory over Carsten Ball in Cairns seven years ago which relegated the 28-time winners from the World Group.
Darcis beat late replacement Thompson 6-4 7-5 6-1 after an inspired David Goffin produced one his best performances to come from a set down to beat Kyrgios in four.
"I'm extremely proud of all of the boys, all the team members," captain Lleyton Hewitt said.
"Everyone gave 100 per cent. We left it all out there but that doesn't make it hurt any less."
Backed by a raucous home crowd at the Palais 12 arena, Darcis broke Thompson in the very first game and never looked back to take the first set in 40 minutes.
The world No.77 then staved off a set point with an ace before going on to claim the second.
Earlier, world No.12 Goffin beat Kyrgios for the first time after the Aussie had won the opening set in a tie-break.
"When David Goffin plays like that, he's one of the best in the world," said Kyrgios, whose own record in the tournament now stands at seven wins and two losses.
"I can always do better, but he was simply too good today."