It's crunch day for Australia's Davis Cup hopes

It's crunch day for Australia's Davis Cup hopes

The Aussie lost to world No.5 Alexander Zverev 6-2 7-6 6-2 on Sunday, which meant the German's progressed through to the quarter-finals after building an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the tie.

Australia must win both reverse singles rubbers to qualify for April's quarterfinals after Ebden and Peers succumbed in five sets to Germany's Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff in a three hour doubles epic on Saturday, giving the visitors a 2-1 lead. "It's awesome, it's an fantastic feeling", Zverev said on court after steering Germany to the quarter-finals for the first time in three years.

But Germany team captain Michael Kohlmann suggested world No.14 Kyrgios' concerns were more mental than physical after the 6-2 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 loss at Pat Rafter Arena.

"Hopefully this is just the beginning for us", Zverev said after beating Kyrgios.

Kyrgios's frustrations at an elbow injury boiled over when he smashed a racquet and received a point penalty in the second set against Zverev.

What was supposed to be the rubber of the tie became one way traffic after Zverev blew away Kyrgios to take the first set in 23 minutes.

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"We are in a good position, 2-1 up, but we know it's not all over", Kohlmann said. "We showed that we are able to go further than this".

He looked frustrated from the outset and required a second set medical time-out to treat the troublesome elbow. "My serve is my biggest strength, he played great and served well but my biggest weapon was not really there and it affects the rest of my game".

Captain Lleyton Hewitt was proud of de Minaur, saying the gruelling match would take its toll on Zverev in Sunday's reverse singles.

"Of course if you go into a match knowing you had to win otherwise your team loses it is something for sure you are thinking about", he said. Meanwhile, Switzerland and Serbia, missing the accumulated Grand Slam power of Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, slumped to defeat in the Davis Cup first round on Saturday, allowing Kazakhstan and the United States to reach the quarter-finals.

The losing nation will contest September's World Group play-offs to be held later this year. The Swiss have now fallen in the first round every year since their maiden title triumph in 2014, which was inspired by 20-time major victor Federer and three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka.

He also made the semi-finals of the Australian Open in doubles last month. Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov sealed the key point by seeing off Marc-Andrea Huesler and Luca Margaroli 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 in the doubles for a 3-0 lead.

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