Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni maintained their unbeaten record this Saturday in the Davis Cup and left Brazil very close to a place in the Finals of the biggest and most traditional team competition in the sport.
The Brazilian pair beat the Swedish pair formed by Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson by 2 sets to 0 with partials of 6/2 7/5 after 1h28min of duration. The Brazilian team now leads the match 2-1 against Sweden, away from home, on the hard and covered surface of Helsinborg. One more victory in the remaining two games is enough for the team to go to the finals, which will be played in Málaga, Spain, in September.
Matos and Meligeni added their fourth victory in four games in the competition. Matos, an athlete from ADK Tennis, from Itajaí (SC), has his fifth victory in five games in the history of Davis.
The Brazilian duo was solid the entire time with two breaks and a 36-minute first set. In the second set the break came in the third game and the lead was 3-1 after saving a break. They served at 5-4, but two errors gave their rivals a draw. But they promptly recovered, broke with a winner and closed with authority.
The fourth game will feature Thiago Monteiro, 119th, against Elias Ymer, 160th, in a duel that could decide the match for Brazil. If they fail to win, the country will still have Gustavo Heide facing Karl Friberg, 364th, in the last match.