Davis Cup semifinal matches even

Updated: 23 September 2007 14:15 IST

Sweden and Germany rallied to ensure their Davis Cup semifinal matches will be decided on the final day.

Davis Cup semifinal matches even

London:

Sweden and Germany rallied to ensure their Davis Cup semifinal matches will be decided on the final day.

Thomas Johansson beat James Blake to put Sweden even at 1-1 in its best-of-five series against the visiting United States, and Philipp Kohlschreiber did the same for Germany against defending champion by defeating fourth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko.

In the Davis Cup playoffs, Roger Federer earned a point for Switzerland at the Czech Republic, Novak Djokovic did the same for Serbia against Australia, and Tim Henman won what could be his final competitive singles match to help Britain take a 2-0 lead over Croatia.

The Americans, who own a record 31 Davis Cup titles, took a 1-0 lead when Andy Roddick beat Joachim Johansson 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-3 in Goteborg. But Thomas Johansson pulled a point
back by defeating Blake 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Russia got its first point in the opening match, with Igor Andreev beating Tommy Haas 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Kohlschreiber then gave the Germans a point by defeating Davydenko 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

Roddick broke Joachim Johansson for the only time in the match to lead 4-3 in the third set. The American, who finishedwith 30 aces, then held at love for the 11th time to close out the match. Johansson had 23 aces.



Topics : Tennis Cricket
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