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By Alberto Amalfi | Saturday, March 7, 2020


Mikael Ymer's comeback clinched Sweden's 3-1 conquest of Chile in the Davis Cup Qualifier sending the Swedes into the Davis Cup Finals.

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Mikael Ymer's spirited comeback sent Sweden to the Davis Cup Finals.

Ymer rallied past Alejandro Tabilo 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 clinching host Sweden's 3-1 conquest of Chile in the Davis Cup Qualifier at The Royal Tennis Hall in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Earlier, Markus Eriksson and Robert Lindstedt staked Sweden to a 2-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-4 sweep of Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera and Tabilo.

Ymer, who permitted just give games beating Barrios Vera in yesterday's opener, sealed Sweden's trip to the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid and November with his second win of the weekend.

Swedish captain Robin Soderling's squad has now won eight of their last nine ties as they will play for the Cup for the first time since 2012 when the Swedes competed in the former World Group format.

Twenty-four nations are squaring off in this week's Davis Cup play in a bid to win one of 12 qualifying spots for the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals in November.

The 12 losing nations will compete in World Group I ties in September 2020.

The winning nations from this weekend will join the six nations who have already qualified for the 2020 Davis Cup Finals—the 2019 semifinalists, Canada, Great Britain, Russia and champion Spain—and the 2020 wild cards, France and Serbia.

Davis Cup Qualifiers Day Two

(5) Australia 3, Brazil 1
At Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia on outdoor hard court

In a gripping triple tie breaker test, John Millman played hero edging Brazilian Thiago Monteiro 6-7(6), 7-6(3), 
7-6(3), to secure Australia's spot in the Davis Cup Finals.

It was a gritty weekend for Millman, who rallied past 19-year-old Thiago Seyboth Wild 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2 staking the green-and-gold to a 2-0 lead yesterday. Seyboth Wild made history on Sunday becoming the youngest Brazilian to win at ATP title when he collected his first career championship in Santiago.

“It was something pretty special this weekend and I enjoyed every second of it," Millman said. "It was so much fun, emotional roller-coaster, and so happy to get through and do it with these boys.’’

James Duckworth and John Peers were two points from clinching victory for the Aussies before Brazilians Marcelo Demoliner and 22-year-old debutant Felipe Meligeni Alves staged a brilliant comeback to win doubles.

(7) Germany 4, Belarus 1
At Castello Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf on indoor hard court

Jan-Lennard Struff clinched for Germany with his second singles victory, 6-3 6-2 over Egor Gerasmov.

(8) Kazakhstan 3, Netherlands 1
National Tennis Center, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, on indoor hard court

Alexander Bublik locked up the victory for Kazakhstan with a straight-sets triumph over Robin Haase. Bublik won both his ties for the victorious Kazakhs.

Hungary 3, (2) Belgium 2
Fonix Hall, Debrecen, Hungary indoor hard court

Marton Fucsovics clinched a fifth and deciding rubber for Team Hungary with a 6-2 5-7 6-4 victory over Kimmer Coppejans.

(1) Croatia 3, India 1
Dom Sportova, Zagreb, Croatia indoor hard court

Marin Cilic booked a final slot for Croatia, clinching the tie with a 6-0 6-1 bashing of Sumit Nagal in Zagreb.

Colombia 3, Argentina 1
Palacio de los Deportes, Bogotรก, Colombia indoor clay

Czech Republic 3, Slovakia 1
AXA Arena NTC, Bratislava, Slovakia indoor clay

USA 3, Uzbekistan 0

Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, USA indoor hard

(6) Italy 4, Korea 0
At Circolo Tennis Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy on outdoor clay court

Playing behind closed doors without spectators due to coronavirus concerns, Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli completed the victory with a 61-minute doubles sweep.

World No. 11 Fognini, who surrendered just three games defeating Duckhee Lee on opening day, said despite "unique" circumstances Italy is right where it wants to be: back in the Davis Cup Finals.
“The atmosphere was unique, but the first goal was to qualify for Madrid," Fognini told "Now we are there. When you play for your flag, when you play for your country, it’s always a different feeling. But the first goal is done."

Austria 3, Uruguay 1
At Steiermarkhalle Schwarzlsee, Graz I Premstรคtten, Austria on indoor hard court

Dennis Novak knocked off the Cuevas brothers to book Austria's spot in the final.

Novak topped Pablo Cuevas 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to secure the win a day after he opened the tie defeating Martin Cuevas, Pablo's younger brother, 6-2, 6-4.

Veterans Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer fought off Ariel Behar and Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 winning the crucial doubles point.

Ecuador 3, 
(11) Japan 0
At Bourbon Beans Dome, Miki, Japan on indoor hard court

In a stunning performance, the doubles team of Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo scored a 7-6(3) 6-3 victory over Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama wrapping Ecuador's upset against a depleted Japanese squad playing without stars Kei Nishikori and Yoshihito Nishioka. 

The match was played behind closed doors without fans as a precautionary measure in the wak of the coronavirus outbreak.


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