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Sweden exit Davis Cup despite Buenos Aires heroics

Sweden have been knocked out of the Davis Cup at the quarter final stage despite a gripping display by Robin Söderling on the clay in Buenos Aires.

Argentina’s David Nalbandian won the fourth and decisive rubber against Söderling,

a specialist of fast surfaces 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 9-7 but not before having to

struggle back from two sets to one down.

Söderling, who was given little chance of producing an upset in the pre-match build-up, received strong praise from team captain Mats Wilander.

“I’ve never seen anything like it. This is definitely the best match I’ve ever seen. It’s a match people will refer to when discussing how difficult it is to play away from home in the Davis Cup,” Wilander told news agency TT. .

“He showed incredible strength, both mental and physical,” he said of Söderling.

The quarter final started well for Sweden, with Söderling overpowering Jose Acasuso in straight sets on Friday.

But Argentina soon established a 2-1 lead going into the final day. David Nalbandian disposed of Thomas Johansson in four sets before Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian secured a straight sets victory over Jonas Björkman and Robert Lindstedt on Saturday.

Argentina, the only major nation never to have won the silver salad bowl trophy, will meet Russia in Buenos Aires on September 19th to 21st in a rematch of the 2006 final won by the Russians.

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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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