Madrid – Before the match took place, Elias Ymer did not hesitate to succeed in the Davis Cup final, even though Sweden is one of the lowest ranked countries in the tournament.
He confirmed his words on Thursday with a spectacular opening win and cheered on his brother Michael in another singles match that ended Sweden’s victory over Canada, the 2019 runner-up in Group B.
Top-ranked France and second-placed Croatia also won on the first day, but defending champion Spain is one of the biggest attractions as 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz had to drop out of the team with a positive coronavirus. I lost. Spain were scheduled to start a match against Ecuador in Group A on Friday.
France had to face the Czech Republic in 18th place with a three-set doubles victory following the defeat of the opening singles by veteran Richard Gasquet.
Sweden also won a doubles match against Canada after Elias Ymer defeated Stephen Diaz 6-4, 6-2 and Mikael Ymer defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-4. ..
“It’s a miracle. It’s not seen in most other countries. It’s not a lot of sports, two brothers,” Elias Ymer said. “Our parents emigrated from Ethiopia. Both of us seem to be Sweden’s number one and number two at the world’s largest tennis event. We don’t see them very often.”
Elias Ymer in 171st rebounded after a 4-1 down in the first set with Diaz. Mikael Ymer, 93rd and two years younger than Elias, changed the chances of two break points against Pospisil.
Mikael Ymer said their victory would surely resonate with their hometown.
“Growth was one of my big dreams for my dad,” he said. “I don’t really think about it while playing or on weekdays, but for me it’s about the team and the country. Of course, there are moments of sitting here and there and I think it’s beautiful. It’s a beautiful story.”
In the doubles match, Andre Goranson and Robert Lindstedt defeated Pospisil and Braden Schnar 7-6 (5), 6-4, giving the Swedes all three points.
Sweden is 14th in the Davis Cup ranking and will make its debut in a redesigned tournament. For the first time since 2011, we are about to reach the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
“I said (I can beat this) because I think belief is very important, it’s something everyone has to work on,” Elias Ymer said. “Yes, if we believe we can’t beat this, why do we need to be here?”
When Pospisil was one of the main players, sixth-placed Canada lost to hosting Spain in the final of the first edition of the event.
The second edition of the Davis Cup final has begun, with two other ties playing at the same time in Austria and Italy.
In Turin, Borna Gojo and Marin Cilic brought victory to Australia, who won the 2018 champion Croatia 28 times in Group D.
Gojo, who was in 276th place, defeated No. 61 Alexei Popyrin 7-6 (5), 7-5 after saving all five break points he faced. No.30 Cilic made No.34 Alex De Minaur last longer than 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.
The Czech Republic beat France 1-0 when 21-year-old Thomas Mahak defeated Gasquet 7-6, 6-2 (3) in Group C in Innsbruck. Gasquet, 35, has granted 11 ace to Mahak, who is 143rd in the empty arena, due to restrictions on the coronavirus in Austria.
Adrian Manarino defeats Jiří Veserie 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2, and Pierre Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut also defeat Jiri Lehecka and Mahut 3-6, 6 from behind. At that time, France evened out the series. -4, 6-3.
Each match on the indoor hardcourt is the best three series featuring two singles and one double match. The winners of the six groups and the two second-placed teams with the best records based on the set and the game will advance to the quarter-finals.
Last year there was no 18-team tournament due to a pandemic. Fans are not allowed in Innsbruck. With a capacity of 60% in Turin and 75% in Madrid, the opening match between Sweden and Canada attracted a large audience.
The event was held entirely in Madrid for seven days in 2019, but this time around 11 days, following criticism from players and fans for a late-night match in an almost empty arena and ample rest between matches. It was extended.
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