Australia Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt is confident of his team’s chances ahead of the Davis Cup Finals. “We had a really good run in the Davis Cup Finals two years ago, where we ended up winning our group stage pretty convincingly,” Hewitt said, per Tennis Australia.
“We ended up losing an extremely tight quarterfinal with Canada, who went onto make the final, so that gives us a lot of confidence. “We have a slightly different team, but a lot of the guys have played in the Davis Cup before and understand the pressure and demand of representing your country and playing well”.
Hewitt focused on Croatia
Australia will be battling Croatia and Hungary for a place in the Davis Cup Finals quarterfinal. Croatia will be led by 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic and Hewit has made it clear they won’t be taking the Croatian lightly.
“I think a big focus is on Croatia in our first match,” Hewitt said. “They are both quality teams. They’ve done really well to qualify, especially Croatia. They’ve won the Davis Cup before, so they know what it’s all about”.
Rinky Hijikata, 20, won’t be making his Davis Cup debut but he is with the Australian team as a hitting partner. “He’s had a really solid couple of years,” Hewitt said. “He has gone from strength-to-strength, and the more he gets to see the standard you have to be in order to make it on the tour and to see up close, especially how Tony Roche runs the practice, can only be a big help”.
Hewitt insists the Davis Cup has always meant a lot to him. “Davis Cup is always something that I hold dear to my heart,” Hewitt said. “To be alongside the boys again on the competitive court and to try and give them a slight advantage out there, and give them the belief that they can go out and compete against the best teams in the world, is really special”.