Kyrgios credits Davis Cup teammates for his red-hot form

Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot from Roger Federer at the Miami Open.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot from Roger Federer at the Miami Open. Wilfredo Lee

TENNIS: His form as an individual has been superb of late, but Nick Kyrgios reckons he's an even better player when part of a team.

The world No.16 can't wait to lead Australia into its Davis Cup quarter-final tie against the United States in Brisbane, starting on Friday.

"I prefer the team environment," Kyrgios said at a group press conference yesterday with teammates Jordan Thompson, Sam Groth and John Peers and captain Lleyton Hewitt.

"I love being around these guys, I love training with them and I love being on the sidelines watching them compete.

"I love everything about this team event and Davis Cup."

A more mature Kyrgios is enjoying a stellar run, having made three semi-finals and one quarter in his last four ATP Tour events - and beaten world No.2 Novak Djokovic twice along the way.

He puts his rich vein of form down to returning to the Davis Cup team for the first-round win over the Czech Republic in February.

The 21-year-old said his Davis Cup teammates had been providing messages of support every day since.

"Where I'm at mentally, I'm just competing for every point and playing hard and I haven't really had that mindset before," he said.

"I'm feeling motivated and I want to get out there more. I want to compete and I want to play.

"I'm probably in the best place I've ever been in."

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