CAIRNS (Australia) (AFP) Australia and Belgium were locked at one-all after the first day of their Davis Cup play-off on Friday, after local hero Lleyton Hewitt and visitor Olivier Rochus won their opening matches. Former world number one Hewitt put Australia ahead early, overcoming 22-year-old Ruben Bemelmans in scorching conditions in just over three hours 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Hewitt, who equalled Adrian Quist as Australias most successful Davis Cup player with his 43rd win, took on Bemelmans after 117-ranked Steve Darcis was forced to withdraw at the last minute with a shoulder injury. Bemelmans used his big forehand to force Hewitt to 6-6 in the first set but the 29-year-old recovered to take the tiebreaker 7-4 and went on to claim the second set in 41 minutes. The world number 191 stormed back in the third, breaking a tiring Hewitt three times and claiming it in just 33 minutes in front of a vocal crowd. Fighting the heat and humidity of Cairns, which caused one spectator to faint during the fourth set, world number 36 Hewitt staged a familiar fightback, breaking Bemelmans to finish the set 6-4. The victory meant Hewitt equalled Quists mark of 43 singles and doubles Davis Cup wins and he stands to take the outright record if he wins in either Saturdays doubles or Sundays reverse singles matches. Australias perfect start was short-lived, with Belgiums Rochus overcoming 150-ranked Australian Carsten Ball in the second match 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6-5) in just under two and a half hours. Rochus, who was a key member of the Belgian team that dumped Australia from the elite World Group in 2007, spent 47 minutes winning the first set and 36 minutes taking the second. But 23-year-old Ball showed grit in the third, forcing a tie-break before eventually succumbing. Brazil lead India after Bellucci thriller World number 27 Thomaz Bellucci survived a five-set marathon against Indias Rohan Bopanna to give Brazil a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group playoff on Friday. The left-hander fought back from the brink to prevail over the 479th-ranked Bopanna 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (9/7), 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 in a thriller that lasted four hours and 28 minutes. The plucky Bopanna, 30, who last week reached his first Grand Slam doubles final at the US Open with his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, narrowly failed to secure his best-ever Davis Cup win. The Indian led 5-2 in the decider when Bellucci saved three match points and reeled off three games in a row to make it 5-5. The 22-year-old Brazilian then broke Bopannas serve in the 17th game and held his own in the next to clinch victory in front of some 1,500 home fans at the Nungambakkam Tennis Stadium. Brazils Ricardo Mello will meet Indias number one Somdev Devvarman in the second singles later on Friday. India were forced into the playoffs after losing to Russia in the first round of World Group in Moscow in March. Brazil, who have lost four consecutive playoff ties since 2006, are looking to return to the elite 16-nation competition for the first time since 2003. Bopanna, who began the match with an ace, won the tie-breaker in the first set after both players held serve through the set. Bopanna broke Bellucci in the opening game of the second set, but the Brazilian broke back immediately and then played a absorbing tie-breaker where he recovered from 3-6 to win 9-7 and level the match. Bellucci wrapped up the third set in 51 minutes, but Bopanna did not give up as he broke the Brazilian in the 10th game of the fourth set to make it 2-2.