Thanasi Kokkinakis will kick off Australia’s bid to reach the semi-finals when he plays Mikhail Kukushkin on Friday.

Kazakhstan, which has been competing in Davis Cup as an independent nation since 1995, is attempting to advance to the semifinals for the first time.

Kyrgios has also been in the headlines recently, with the 20-year-old admitting the loss tie had left him somewhat drained.

Groth and Lleyton Hewitt will team up for Saturday’s doubles, and they must beat Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev to keep the home side in the tie.

The Australian team, captained by Wally Masur, are without bad-boy Bernard Tomic, who was dumped from the squad by Tennis Australia in response to an extraordinary tirade aimed at the organisation during his Wimbledon campaign.

Tomic was taken into custody after failing to follow police orders to leave his hotel penthouse in Miami following a night of loud partying.

“Physically, I felt OK”.

“Obviously that’s the first thing that came up on my Facebook when I had a scroll”, Kokkinakis said.

“It was hard to focus”.

Kyrgios hit a great forehand victor for 15-15 in the tenth game, but Nedovyesov was not to be denied, and he served out to clinch the match in two hours 36 minutes.

“I don’t know a lot about Kokkinakis, he’s a young guy but over the last couple of years he’s played in some good tournaments and got some good results”, Kukushkin said. I’m taking it pretty hard at the moment, it’s pretty disappointing, but it’s what it is. It was hard to dig deep.

“I don’t want to be here” were the words of Nick Kyrgios after losing a point while receiving in the third set of his Davis Cup match against Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan.

“I think maybe a little bit for me was a better surface than for my opponent today”, said the 28-year-old Kazakh, a finalist at the Sydney global.

With Tomic unavailable, Kokkinakis, who was preferred to big-serving Sam Groth, was handed responsibility for opening the tie against Kazakhstan’s top-ranked player.

But with his struggle to find his rhythm, Australia soon found themselves 1-0 down, heaping all the pressure on Kyrgios.