The tie will now come down to Sunday’s reverse singles.
In the Asia/Oceania Group II playoffs on Friday, Sri Lanka took a 2-0 lead against Lebanon, while Iran and Kuwait were tied 1-1.
Behind 2-0 after Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios lost their singles matches on Friday, Australia needed victory from Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth to avoid swift elimination, and they duly beat Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Australia’s tennis woes are continuing with Nick Kyrgios losing his Davis Cup rubber against unheralded Kazakh world number 115 Aleksandr Nedovyesov.
And Kyrgios might also be replaced after Hewitt’s sharp display in the doubles.
“It’s up there”, Hewitt said when asked what the win meant.
But when he blew that chance and lost the third set in a tiebreak, emotions got the better of him, with the world No. 41 yelling out: “I don’t want to be here”.
Hewitt, 34, has won just one of eight singles matches in his farewell season ahead of his retirement after next year’s Australian Open.
“I was really impressed with these two guys (Hewitt and Groth) today”. “This is Grothy’s first win in a live rubber, so it’s fantastic to be out here to enjoy it with him”.
Tomic should have been with the Davis Cup team in Darwin.
The match started hours after information emerged that Bernard Tomic, who was scheduled to play in Darwin earlier than being suspended for his criticism of Tennis Australia and efficiency director Pat Rafter, was charged in Miami Beach for resisting arrest after noise complaints at his lodge room.
“Obviously form and confidence are important”, Masur said.
The draw for Australia’s Davis Cup quarter-final against Kazakhstan in Darwin has been completed – by a monster crocodile lunging at dead chickens at a local tourism park.
Masur said he would consult with Davis Cup legend Tony Roche and coach Josh Eagle before making a final decision.
Masur added that he felt Kyrgios might be feeling the strain after weeks of controversy following his performance at Wimbledon, where he was accused of poor sportsmanship during matches and “tanking”, or giving up, during his fourth round exit.