Swedes storm through to Davis Cup semis

Doubles duo Thomas Johansson and Jonas Björkman booked Sweden's spot in the Davis Cup semi-finals with a day to spare in Gothenburg on Saturday as the hosts took an unbeatable 3-0 lead over last year's runners-up Argentina.

Björkman and Johansson defeated David Nalbandian and Guillermo Canas 4-6,

7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-3 in just under three hours to put Sweden into the last four for the first time since 2001.

Sweden won both Friday’s opening singles on the indoors carpet surface when Johansson beat Nalbandian 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) and Robin Söderling got the better of Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.

The Swedes will now meet the winner of the tie between the United States and Spain which is being played at Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The South Americans enjoyed a 5-0 whitewash against the Swedes in Buenos Aires in the opening round of last year’s competition.