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Sweden defeats Argentina 3-0 after doubles win

May 25, 2008 01:13 PM
GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) -- Jonas Bjorkman and Thomas Johansson won Saturday's doubles match to give Sweden a 3-0 lead over Argentina and a spot in the Davis Cup semifinals.

The Swedes rallied from a set down to beat Guillermo Canas and David Nalbandian 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 on the fast indoor carpet at the Masshallen arena.

Sweden, which won both opening singles Friday, will play either the United States or Spain in the semifinals in September. The United States leads 2-0 after winning the first two singles.

Both teams made late changes for the doubles.

Johansson, who beat Nalbandian in the opening singles, replaced rookie Robert Lindstedt on the Swedish team.

Guillermo Canas, who beat top-ranked Roger Federer in consecutive ATP tournaments last month, replaced Sebastian Prieto. Canas was not picked for the singles by Argentina captain Alberto Mancini because of a sore left thigh. He appeared to be bothered by the injury at times during the match.

Argentina was a finalist last year after opening with a 5-0 rout of Sweden on clay in Buenos Aires.


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