Elias Ymer stepped up for Sweden this weekend and helped their side secure a Davis Cup Finals ticket and earned a praise from team captain Robin Soderling. Ymer especially delivered for Sweden as he ended on the winning side three times during the qualifying tie against Japan.
Ymer handed straight-set defeats to Taro Daniel and Yosuke Watanuki in the singles rubbers, while in the doubles he and Andre Goransson defeated Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama. Ymer clinched the key victory for Sweden as he defeated Watanuki 6-3 6-3 in the deciding rubber.
“It’s been an amazing week for me, I have never won three matches in a row,” Ymer said, per the Davis Cup website. “I’m so proud of the team and it’s so fun to be in the Davis Cup Finals again.
Madrid was so much fun last year and now we all have something to look forward to again. “I just love Helsingborg. I won the deciding match here on my Davis Cup debut [against Denmark in 2013]. To be able to do it again, it doesn’t get any better”.
Soderling praises the Ymer brothers
Mikael Ymer was with the Swedish team but an injury prevented him from competing this weekend. In the absence of Mikael, Elias stepped up and led Sweden to a victory. “This is an amazing feeling,” Soderling said.
“We’ve had a very positive atmosphere in the team, even though it was tough with Mikael’s injury. But we said we would win this anyway. All credit to Elias, who won all three of his matches. “This means a lot to Swedish tennis.
I remember myself when I was a child, a big reason why I started playing tennis was that we had so many successful Swedish players. “Elias and Mikael are role models for many boys and girls, and we need these role models to inspire and attract young talent to start playing tennis”.