Thiago Monteiro (Photo: @andregemmer/ @greenfilmes_59)
All the same. The confrontation between Brazil and Sweden for the Davis Cup tennis qualifier is tied at 1-1. This Friday (2), the first two games took place, which ended with a victory for each side. Thiago Monteiro (119th) defeated Karl Friberg (364th) with 6/3, 7/6. The Swedes equalized with Elias Ymer (160th) beating Gustavo Heide (214th) with 4/6, 6/1 and 6/3.
This Saturday (2), up to three matches are planned. The first duel takes place at 9 am (Brasília time) and will bring together Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni against Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson. Then, Thiago Monteiro can return to the court to play against Elias Ymer. If necessary, Heide closes the participation in front of Karl Friberg.
The duel between Brazil and Sweden takes place at the Helsingborg Arena, which has a hard court and is located in the Swedish city of Helsingborg. The winning team guarantees a place in the final phase of the Davis Cup, which will feature 16 countries. Australia and Italy, finalists in the last edition, in addition to Great Britain and Spain, guests, have already been classified.
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Monteiro opens the scoring
The first duel was between Thiago Monteiro and Karl Friberg. More than 200 positions higher in the ATP rankings, the Brazilian asserted his previous favoritism and started the match by winning the first three games. The Swede even tried to pressure Monteiro’s serve, but was unable to return the break and the first half ended 6/3.
In the next part, the confrontation seemed a little more balanced and the first four games ended with the servers winning. In the fifth game, Monteiro put pressure on Friberg’s serve and won the first break of the set. However, it was broken shortly after the rival opened 0-40. The duel remained balanced and the decision went to a tie-break. In it, the Brazilian scored 7-5 and won the victory.
Heide takes a turn
Shortly after Thiago Monteiro’s victory, it was Gustavo Heide’s turn to take action. The young Brazilian tennis player currently occupies position 214 in the ATP while his rival, Elias Ymer, is in 160th place. Despite this, the difference in rankings did not appear in the first set. Heide played a solid game on his serve and put a lot of pressure on his rival’s serve. He converted the only break point of the entire period in the ninth game and then served to take a 1-0 lead at 6/4.
Things were very different in the second half. Heide came back making more mistakes and saw Ymer win two breaks and open 5/0. He even made a reaction confirming a game, but suffered a draw afterwards: 6/1. The Swede continued to demand from the Brazilian in the returns and converted break points in the third and ninth games to consolidate his victory, 6/3.
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