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Swedes settle for 3-2 victory over Russians



Boras, Sweden (Sports Network) - Russia won a pair of dead rubbers on Sunday, as Sweden settled for a 3-2 opening-round Davis Cup victory this weekend.

Dmitry Tursunov beat Simon Aspelin 7-5, 6-2 and Igor Andreev topped 6-foot-6 Swede Joachim Johansson 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 on a meaningless Day 3 at Borashallen.

The Swedes clinched the best-of-five tie here on Saturday when their doubles team of Aspelin and Robert Lindstedt topped a Russian duo of Tursunov and Igor Kunitsyn in four sets, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

On Friday in Boras, the hosts grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead thanks to straight-set singles wins by world No. 4 Robin Soderling and Johansson. Soderling, already a three-time winner on the ATP Tour this year, cruised past Andreev 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, and Johansson powered past Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

Sweden will host reigning Davis Cup champion Serbia in the quarterfinals in July.

The Russians, Davis Cup champs in 2002 and 2006, took the court this week without their top stars in Mikhail Youzhny and Nikolay Davydenko, and were eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2004.

Sweden has won the Davis Cup seven times, but last claimed the coveted trophy in 1998. The Swedes improved to 5-1 all-time against Russia.

03/06 11:15:07 ET