Helsingborg (Sweden) – Brazil took the lead in the clash against Sweden in the Davis Cup World Qualifier. Number 1 on the national team this week and currently 119th in the world, Thiago Monteiro confirmed his favoritism against Karl Friberg, 364th in the rankings, scoring 6/3 and 7/6 (7-5) in 1h50 of the match.
At 29 years old, Monteiro now has 11 wins and 11 losses in the Davis Cup. Playing on the hard court, the team from Ceará achieved its fourth victory in 11 games. Last year, he managed to beat the then world number 4 Holger Rune in a duel against Denmark, also away from home.
The Brazilian team has the chance to extend its advantage in the clash this Friday. To do this, Gustavo Heide from São Paulo, 241st in the ranking, will have to beat the Swede Elias Ymer, 160th placed. Saturday’s round starts at 9am with the doubles match and will have up to three games. Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni open the schedule against Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson.
Monteiro dominated the first set of the match. He faced no break-points and gave up just six points in his dervice games. Furthermore, he managed an early break to win 3/0 and maintained the advantage until the end of the period.
Right at the beginning of the second set, Monteiro broke again to make it 3/2. But Friberg sought a draw immediately and even escaped a break point in the seventh game to turn the score around. After confirming two games followed by zero, the Brazilian saved four set points when trailing 6/5 and forced a tiebreak, before defining the dispute in straight sets.