Israel Stuns Sweden in Davis Cup, Vinciguerra Disconsolate

Posted on March 8, 2009

Israel made an astounding comeback in an astounding Davis Cup tie in Sweden, winning both Sunday singles to defeat Sweden and advance to the second round of the 2009 Davis Cup.

"We made history this weekend and I hope people at home appreciate our win over a fantastic Davis Cup country. We have learned a lot from the Swedish Team from last year. How they had a good spirit together and behaved very professional. We are also really looking forward to a quarterfinal against Russia in July," said captain Eyal Ran.

In a tie contested with hardly any fans due to security concerns, Sweden led 2-1 after the doubles, but on Sunday Dudi Sela defeated Thomas Johansson in five sets, and Harel Levy clinched it by beating Andreas Vinciguerra 8-6 in the fifth.

"Fantastic. Amazing, my best day ever," Levy said. "And playing two matches this weekend with a 8-6 result in the fifth. It was so close, a point here and there. I feel sorry for Vinciguerra and maybe Sweden lost the tie because they didn't have the normal advantage of a home crowd."

On the opening Friday, Johnsson had defeated Levy 8-6 in the fifth, and Sela edged Vinciguerra 11-9 in the fifth.

"I don't want to see a tennis racket or a tennis ball for a few days, maybe ever," Vinciguerra said. "It this had been a normal match in a tournament I probably given up after two sets."

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