Weintraub And Sela Put Israel In Front In Group I Davis Cup Play Offs

RAMAT HASHARON, October 28, 2016

Israel is leading 2-0 over Sweden after Friday’s singles rubbers at the Davis Cup Group I Play-Offs, held at the Canada Stadium in Ramat HaSharon.

In pretty muggy conditions and in front of 3,000 spectators, including 10 Swedish fans, Elias Ymer lost the opening play 6-2, 6-3, 6-0 against Amir Weintraub. The 20-year-old Swede hit six aces but also produced nine double faults. Weintraub broke serve seven times to give Israel the 1-0 lead after one hour and 41 minutes.

Elias Ymer

A disappointed Elias Ymer in his post match press conference (photo: Brigitte Urban)

“This was my worst match of the whole year,” a disappointed Ymer told during his post-match conference.

“Every time I thought the momentum would go into my direction, Amir hit some winning bombs and I could not do anything. Of course, I was fighting, but sometimes these matches happen. In other situations, I won matches that I should have lost. The only thing I can do now, is to support Markus.”

When he was asked if he plays the doubles rubber on Saturday Ymer said: “If my brother Mikael was here, probably yes. But I have never played with the other partners and they have been practicing together for a while. So it is better that they play together. But if the captain wants me to play, I will play. And if he says ‘go to your room’ … I will stay in my room. I do whatever the Captain asks me to do.”

In the second singles rubber, Dudi Sela had no problems to defeat Markus Eriksson, who is ranked 385 places below Israel’s number one, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. The world number 71 capitalized on seven of his 14 break point chances to seal a comfortable victory in one hour and 43 minutes.

In Saturday’s doubles match Jonathan Erlich and Edam Leshem will have the chance to decide the tie in favour of Israel, taking on Isak Arvidsson and Johan Brunstrom.