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India were on Thursday set to face Sweden in the Davis Cup World Group I clash in September. The Indian Davis Cup team had defeated Pakistan 4-0 in the World Group I play-off in Islamabad last week, while Sweden had lost 1-3 to Brazil at home in the first round of the qualifiers. India have never beaten Sweden in five meetings so far, but will have a great chance to get their first win as the hosts do not boast of intimidating singles players. The last time India competed against Sweden was in 2005 when India hosted them in Delhi and lost 1-3. Sweden has the extremely talented Elias Ymer, who is ranked 160th. India have high-ranked Sumit Nagal (121) and if he is available, it will be an interesting encounter.
India captain Rohit Rajpal seemed happy with the draw, as he believed they could have had a draw against Novak Djokovic-led Serbia.
“The away matches are tough because the choice of surface is with the home team. It will depend on which surface they choose to play on. We could have drawn tough teams and now we have to draw this draw,” Rajpal told PTI. Must be fully utilized.”
Ymer and his brother Mikael (189) remain in the top 200 and are followed by Dragos, Nikolay Madaras (256), Carl Freiberg and Leo Borg. They have one top 100 doubles player in Andre Goransson (67).
India have five players in the top 100 in doubles, led by world number one Rohan Bopanna, who however no longer plays Davis Cup. He is followed by Yuki Bhambri (60), N Sriram Balaji (78), Vijay Sundar Prashant (80) and Anirudh Chandrashekhar (90).
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