Wilander, Svensson Give Sweden a 2-0 Advantage Over Yugoslavia
Jonas Svensson and Mats Wilander gave Sweden a commanding 2-0 lead over Yugoslavia in their Davis Cup semifinal after both won singles matches Friday.
Wilander, ranked fourth in the world, struggled before defeating Goran Prpic, 7-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Earlier, Svensson beat teen-ager Goran Ivanisevic, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, on the clay courts at this seaside resort.
Sweden, trying to reach the final for the seventh consecutive year, has never lost a Davis Cup best-of-five competition after winning the first two singles.
The winner of this semifinal will play the United States-West Germany winner.
Stefan Edberg, replaced by Svensson in singles after spraining his ankle last weekend, and Anders Jarryd will be heavily favored to wrap up the Swedish victory in today’s doubles.
The reverse singles are Sunday.
“This looks good. I’ve felt all the way that we would win this Davis Cup match,” said John-Anders Sjogren, Sweden’s captain and also Wilander’s personal coach.
Wilander saved a set point at 6-7 before winning the first-set tiebreaker, 9-7. Prpic lost the last point when he hit a forehand wide as the Swede was coming to the net.
After the second set was tied, 1-1, Wilander won 11 consecutive games. Prpic had only one break point during that run, but Wilander saved it to go to 4-0 in the third set.