- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

GOTEBORG, Sweden — Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe couldn’t beat Sweden in the Davis Cup in this city 23 years ago. Andy Roddick delivered this weekend.

Behind a roaring serve, Roddick defeated Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4 yesterday in a clinching victory over Sweden that carried the United States into the finals.

The United States will play defending champion Russia for the title Nov. 30-Dec. 3, with the Americans playing host to the finals for the first time since 1992. Russia defeated Germany 3-2 in the other semifinal in Moscow.

Roddick didn’t drop serve in two singles matches, winning both in straight sets as the Americans ended a three-match losing streak against the Swedes dating to 1984.

After Roddick reeled off 16 aces to leave the United States ahead 3-1 in the best-of-five series, James Blake beat Simon Aspelin 6-1, 6-3 in a shortened finale to make the score 4-1.

Bjorkman replaced Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open winner who was scratched from reverse singles because of illness. Johansson won the second singles Friday against Blake.

If you would have told me I could get through three sets with Jonas without getting broken I would have questioned your sanity a little bit, Roddick said.

Szavay rallies for title

BEIJING — Hungarian teenager Agnes Szavay rallied to defeat world No. 3 Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-2 in the China Open final.

Jankovic appeared to be cruising to the title after winning a tough first set in a tiebreak and then storming to a 5-1 lead in the second.

But the 18-year-old Szavay took advantage when Jankovic began to show signs of fatigue, winning six straight games to snatch the second set.

The No. 6 seed then dominated the last set to wrap up the title in three hours. The victory will propel Szavay into the WTA top 20 for the first time when the new rankings are released today.

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