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UPDATED: 08:35, September 26, 2006
Swedish Soderling beats Saretta, knocking Brazil from Davis Cup
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Swedish Robin Soderling eliminated Brazil from the Davis Cup's World Group on Monday, with a straight sets victory -- 6-0, 6-3 and 7-6 (7-4) -- over Brazil's Flavio Saretta, in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte.

The game, which put Sweden 3-1 against Brazil in the Davis Cup, was delayed repeatedly due to rain and bad light in Belo Horizonte. Brazil and Sweden agreed not to play the last game in the series.

Saretta, ranked 124th by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), was close to breaking Soderling's serve on three occasions, even though the ATP rates the Swede 31st.

Soderling responded with powerful rallies that kept the game open.

By the third set, Saretta managed to neutralize Soderling's serve, although he did not take the pressure in the tiebreaker.

The Sweden-Brazil series had been due to end on Sunday, but bad weather forced the postponement of the two games planned for Friday.

Saturday began with a hard-fought 3-2 victory by Saretta over Sweden's Andreas Vinciguerra 6-4, 1-6, 3-6, 6-2 and 7-5. Bad light forced another postponement to Sunday, when Soderling soundly defeated Ricardo Mello in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 and 6-4.

Sweden then went 2-1 up with a doubles win through Jonas Bjorkman and Simon Aspelin over Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2 and 7-5.

Source: Xinhua

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