Brazil started the clash against Sweden on the right foot for the Qualifiers (Qualifiers) of the Davis Cup, the “World Cup” of men’s tennis. Even playing away from home, in the city of Helsingborg, in the south of the Swedish country, Thiago Monteiro defeated the host Karl Friberg this Friday (2) by 2 sets to 0.
The Brazilian tennis player, number 119 in the world, was not intimidated by the opposing fans and confirmed his favoritism against the number 364 in the ATP rankings in a very tight game. Monteiro won the 1st set and almost got a draw, but managed to save some set points to win the 2nd set in the tie-break. The Ceará native got the better of it even on the indoor hard court with splits of 6/3 and 7/6(5) against the “home” tennis player. It was Monteiro’s 11th victory in the history of the competition in his 13th call-up.
Now, young Gustavo Heide, 21 years old, will play the 2nd game of the clash against Swede Elias Ymer this Friday. Heide is ranked number 264 in the world and will play for the second time in the competition, having beaten a Chinese player last year in his Davis Cup debut.
The person who called up Team Brazil for this duel against Sweden was captain Jaime Oncins, who also called Felipe Meligeni, Fernando Meligeni’s nephew, Rafael Matos and the promising João Fonseca, champion of the last US Open youth. In addition to these tennis players, juniors Nicolas Oliveira and Gustavo Almeida complete the team to assist in training.
If Brazil gets past Sweden, it will be the first time that the Brazilian men’s tennis team will qualify for the Davis Cup finals since the tournament between countries changed its format in 2019. The next phase of the competition will be played at the end of the year , in a single venue, in a format similar to a football World Cup, with a group stage and then eliminatory duels.
In the old format, Brazil’s best result was when it reached the semi-finals of the world group on two occasions, in 1992 and 2000. In the most recent one, Gustavo Kuerten, Guga, Fernando Meligeni, Fininho, Jaime Oncins, Francisco Costa and André Sá They passed through the French and Slovak national teams, until they ended up in Australia.