Sweden beat India 3-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:48 IST

Seven-time champions Sweden retained their Davis Cup World Group berth after beating India 3-1 in their play-off tie at the R K Khanna stadium today.

Sweden beat India 3-1

New Delhi:

Seven-time champions Sweden retained their Davis Cup World Group berth after beating India 3-1 in their play-off tie at the R K Khanna stadium today. World number 14 Thomas Johansson needed just over two hours to beat Prakash Amritraj 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the reverse singles to give the visitors the unassailable lead. Captain Leander Paes in tandem with his former world number one partner Mahesh Bhupathi had earlier reduced the margin with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Jonas Bjorkman and Simon Aspelin in the doubles rubber. The inconsequential second reverse singles was abandoned. Johansson set up a double breakpoint in the seventh game with a crisp forehand pass and converted it with a down the line service return to take the first set against Amritraj. The Swede looked more confident than he was in his singles match against Rohan Bopanna and had more winners whenever he approached the net. Amritraj struggled with his serves and had too many unforced errors at the net, his movement on the court too left much to be desired. The Indian was broken twice each in the second and third sets to end the Indian hopes on a disappointing note. Sweden, who were forced to play the qualifier after losing the World Group first round to France early this year, go back to the elite 16-nation leg of the men's team competition. (PTI)



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