Thiago Monteiro, Rafael Matos It is Felipe Meligeni were responsible for taking Brazil back to the elite of the Davis Cup. Since the new format was inaugurated, it is the first time that the country has managed to advance. The classification over Sweden saw great celebration on the court.
Even playing in Helsingborg, Sweden, the Brazilians managed to overcome the home team. The result that put the country in the final stage was achieved by Monteiro, who beat the Swedish Elias Ymer by 2 sets to 1, with partials of 4/6, 6/4 and 6/2. The Brazilian, number 119 in the ATP rankings, lay down on the court and was hugged by the other representatives of the delegation as he cheered for the victory.
Ymer had caused the only Brazilian defeat in the dispute by beating Gabriel Heide by 2 sets to 1. But Thiago Monteiro and the duo formed by Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni managed to put the country back in front and take it to the decisive phase.
“I am very happy to be able to help Brazil qualify for the Davis Cup Finals. Since my debut with the team in 2016, it was a big dream to contribute to this. The dream was realized, the whole team committed themselves, fought hard and gave their all until the end. Without a doubt, without everyone’s work and commitment, none of this would be possible. I am very proud to be part of this team and now we are going to the Finals”, said Monteiro.
The last time Brazil played in the Davis Cup elite was against Argentina in 2015. The confrontation was marked by the defeat of João Souza, known as Feijão, to Leonardo Mayer in 6h42min of the match, to this day the longest duel in the history of the Davis Cup. tournament.
How were the games this Saturday?
The clash between Brazil and Sweden was tied until this Saturday, when Rafael Matos and Felipe Meligeni put Brazil ahead in the doubles. They beat the Swedes Filip Bergevi and Andre Goransson by 2 sets to 0, partials of 6/2 and 7/5.
The Brazilian team played a very calm first set, applied two breaks and won 6/2 without any imposition from the Swedish duo, who balanced the duel in the second set, forcing a ninth game, but Matos and Meligeni maintained their focus and managed to score 2-1 for Brazil to close the match at 7/5.
Ahead of the duel with Sweden, it was up to Thiago Monteiro to deliver the last blow to put Brazil back into the Davis Cup elite. He won the match against Elias Ymer in a comeback, as he started by losing the first set 6/4, with the Swede applying two breaks and confirming the last two games to make it 1-0.
The Brazilian, however, did not let himself be discouraged, he turned things around and managed to save three break points, when he was losing by 4/3 to equalize the duel and turn it around to 6/4, taking advantage of a bad moment from his opponent. .
The following are guaranteed in the final stage: Australia, Great Britain, United States, Italy, Finland, Slovakia, Germany and Spain. There are still seven vacancies remaining. A new group stage will be played in September and those qualified for the knockout stages will duel again in November, in Málaga, Spain.