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Roddick knocks Sweden out of Davis Cup

America's Andy Roddick knocked Sweden out of the Davis Cup in Gothenburg on Sunday by defeating Jonas Björkman in straight sets.

Björkman was called in at the last minute to deputise for Thomas Johansson, who fell ill on Saturday night. Yet despite putting up a brave show, the 35-year-old Swede found it hard to break Roddick’s serve.

Roddick, 25 and fifth in the ATP rankings, was held to a tie break in the second set, but came back in the third set to win 6-4 over the world number 55.

Roddick’s 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win over the home player in the first of the reverse singles gave Patrick McEnroe’s team an unbeatable 3-1 lead.

The world No.5 won the opening singles on Friday against Joachim Johansson 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, while Thomas Johansson levelled for the Swedes by beating James Blake 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

On Saturday Bob and Mike Bryan put the visitors ahead again by winning the doubles against Borkman and Simon Aspelin 7-6 (13/11), 6-2, 6-3.

“It’s a big dream come true and I have so much respect for the Swedish team,” said Roddick.

“I think we have the right team to win and I am exited to have the opportunity.”

Roddick always looked to have to much power and pace for Björkman who got the nod from Swedish captain Mats Wilander ahead of Thomas Johansson.

The American comfortably won the first set after breaking serve in the fourth game and it was only in the second that Björkman put up much of the defence taking it to a tie-break in which Roddick jumped out into a decisive 3-0 lead,

There was a sense of inevitability about the third set as Roddick wrapped up the match in two hours two minutes taking his country into the Davis Cup final for the first time since 2004.

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Björn Borg’s son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut

Four decades after Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg won a fifth consecutive Wimbledon title, his 16-year-old son Leo Borg is reportedly set to make his debut at the tournament.

Björn Borg's son Leo set to make his Wimbledon debut
Leo Borg's Wimbledon debut is yet to be officially confirmed. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

According to reports in British tabloid The Sun and Swedish tabloid Expressen, Borg will be awarded a wildcard to play in the Wimbledon junior event.

“Leo is very grateful about getting a wildcard for the qualifiers to junior Wimbledon,” Björn Borg told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet.

“It will be an incredible experience and useful practice for the future,” he added.

A spokeswoman for the Wimbledon tournament did not want to confirm the decision, only saying that wildcard announcements and the main draw for the Juniors tournament would be made next week.

If confirmed, Leo Borg’s Wimbledon debut comes 39 years after Björn Borg defeated American rival John McEnroe, winning him his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.

The iconic match has been called one of the greatest matches of all time and the story was adapted for the screen in the 2017 feature film Borg vs McEnroe, where Leo, bearing a striking resemblance to his fatther, played a younger version of Björn Borg.

During the 1970s and early 1980s Björn Borg won a total of 11 Grand Slam titles, five Wimbledons and six French Opens.


Björn Borg after winning his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 1980. Photo: Scanpix/TT

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