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Rublev squeezes past Elias Ymer to give Russians lead over Sweden in Davis Cup quarter-final

World No 2 Daniil Medvedev will play Mikael Ymer in the second singles match

Andrey Rublev Davis Cup QF 2021 AI / Reuters / Panoramic

2021 Davis Cup | Draw | Schedule 

Andrey Rublev survived a second-set wobble to beat Elias Ymer 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) on Thursday and give the Russian Tennis Federation a 1-0 lead over Sweden in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup in Madrid.

The world No 5 ripped through the first set and led 5-3 in the second but faltered as world No 171 Ymer hit back to level. But Rublev snatched the final set on the tiebreak, 7-3, to secure a hard-earned victory

World No 2 Daniil Medvedev can wrap up victory if he beats Mikael Ymer in the second singles match later on Thursday.

Serbia will take on Croatia in the other semi-final.

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