Sweden win the Davis Cup finals with their brothers

Sweden win the Davis Cup finals with their brothers ...

- The brothers Elias and Mikael Ymer safely defended their singles rubber against Canada in a competitive final on Thursday.

Canada proved no match for the rejuvenated Swedes who look for a revival of past glory with their top players Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime.

As Croatia dropped 3-0 to 2018 champions, Australia made a poor start in Group D in Turin.

France recovered from an annoyance in their group C clash with Czech Republic and then defeated the Czech Republic by 2-1 in Innsbruck.

The Davis Cup Finals, postponed last year, has undergone another format change with three cities hosting the 18 qualifiers in six groups of three.

All Group winners and the best runners-up progress to quarter finals next week with the final on Dec. 5 in Madrid on Dec. 4.

For starters, the hopes of Spain already look slim, but without them having to slap on the ball as a rising force Carlos Alcaraz was ruled out on Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Roberto Bautista Agut was ruled out due to an abdominal injury. Without a second world champion Rafa Nadal, which made up 20 of their achievements of 2019, were also robbed of a second of their heroes of the year, while a single-player player named Agut was out of the game due to an injury.

Spain faces Ecuador on Friday in the group A in Madrid.

"I'm so sad in my loss of most important and super special for me such as the Davis Cup, & in my very sad way, so I was a big chance to play for my country," Alcaraz tweeted on Instagram.

Nevertheless, Elias Ymer avoided the world number 264 Steven Diez who played for Canada for the first time since 2010 winning 6-4 6-2. His younger brother Mikael then beat Canada's leading hero Vasek Pospisil in their 2019 run, 6-4 6-4.

After a 7-6(5) 6-4 victory over Pospisil and Brayden Schnur, a clean sweep for Robin Soderling's team for a clean sweep.

"Today my forehand was blasting," Elias said. "I hit winners everywhere."

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His better-ranked brother, Mikael, achieved an impressive match to crush Pospisil.

The 93-year-old world number tries to be a real player and stay focused. Until then he "looked at that and enjoyed it, and even when we are playing for it."

When Croatia beat Australia to 7-6(5), Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic denied a 6-1 5-7 6-4 win over Alex de Minaur in its 6-1 2-1 defeat by Borna Gojo in its 7-5 era after a 6-6 (5) 7-5 victory for Borna Gojo.

"I would say this is probably the most painful loss I've had," said world number 61 Popyrin.

As Australia beaten De Minaur and John Peers, they were miserable. Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic made a miserable day for Australia.

Cilic won early on against De Minaur but was pegged back and needed to recover from a break down in the decision to claim victory.

"This is a very good way to move forward for the next match," said Cilic. "If I can build up on this, build up on this form, it'll be fantastic."

Besides the fact that Austria's lockdown caused an accident on its Davis Cup debut, the 21-year-old made a huge upset on his Davis Cup debut. The 76-year-old beat Richard Gasquet 7-6(3) 6-2 to give his side a 1-0 lead at the empty Olympiahalle Arena.

Alamander, 6-4 6-3, put the tie at its tip after victory over Jiri Vesely and Giri Lehecka.

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