Croatia Fights Back Against Sweden In Davis Cup Finals Group Stage

Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic (photo: Brigitte Urban)

BOLOGNA/STARNBERG, September 16, 2022

Croatia beat Sweden 2-1 on the third day of action in the Group Stage of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals at the Unipol Arena in Bologna. Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic, the fourth best doubles team in the world, secured the final point for Croatia with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Elias and Mikael Ymer.

Earlier in the day in Group A, the older of the Ymer brothers, Elias, continued his good form of the first day against Argentina by defeating Borna Gojo 6-2, 7-6(2). Borna Coric fought past Mikael Ymer 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Staked by singles victories from Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz, the United States defeated Kazakhstan in Glasgow, 2-1, to move to 2-0 in Group Stage play and put itself one step closer to qualifying for the ultimate Davis Cup Final stage in Malaga, Spain.

The US-Americans sit atop Group D and will qualify for Malaga in November if the Netherlands beats Great Britain on Friday in Glasgow.


Group A – Croatia defeated Sweden 2-1

Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy

Elias Ymer (SWE) d. Borna Gojo (CRO) 6-2 7-6(2)

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Mikael Ymer (SWE) 6-4 3-6 6-3

Nikola Mektic/Mate Pavic (CRO) d. Elias Ymer/Mikael Ymer (SWE) 7-5 6-3

Group B – Serbia defeated Korea, Republic 2-1

Unipol Arena, Valencia, Spain

Dusan Lajovic (SRB) d. Hong Seong Chan (KOR) 6-4 6-0

Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB) d. Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6-3 6-4

Nam Ji Sung/Song Min-kyu (KOR) d. Nikola Cacic/Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 6-4 6-2

Group C – Australia defeated France 2-1

Am Rothenbaum, Hamburg, Germany

Richard Gasquet (FRA) d. Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-2 6-4

Alex de Minaur (AUS) d. Benjamin Bonzi (FRA) 6-3 1-6 6-4

Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell (AUS) d. Nicolas Mahut/Arthur Rinderknech (FRA) 6-4 6-4

Group D – USA defeated Kazakhstan 2-1

Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Great Britain

Tommy Paul (USA) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-1 6-4

Taylor Fritz (USA) d. Alexander Bublik (KAZ) 7-6(6) 1-6 6-3

Alexander Bublik/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Rajeev Ram/Jack Sock (USA) 6-2 7-6(6)