USA’s John Isner defeated Bernard Tomic in the fourth rubber of their Davis Cup clash to send Australia crashing out of the team tournament.
The big serving American survived a third set comeback to defeat Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4) on the grass courts of Kooyong in Melbourne on Sunday.
Isner broke the Australian just once in each set to take a 2-0 lead. Tomic then rallied to win the third set on his fifth break point.
The pair then swapped service games in the fourth set to eventually force a tiebreaker. Tomic would be on the verge of forcing a fifth and final set at 4-3, but Isner won four points in a row to clinch the tie and the rubber.
It was Isner’s second win of the tie after rolling over Sam Groth in straight sets on Friday.
The victory marked the first time since 1979 that the United States have beaten Australia on grass and their first win over Australia on any surface since 1997.
The USA. Lead by captain Jim Courier, now face either Belgium or Croatia in the next round in the US.