Sweden beats Russia for World Team title

May 24, 2008 at 6:55 PM

DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 24 (UPI) -- Sweden beat Russia 2-1 in the best-of-three final Saturday to win the $2.34 million ATP World Team Championship.

It is Sweden's fourth World Team Championship, following titles in 1988, 1991 and 1995.

The championship came down to a decisive doubles match after Sweden and Russia split a pair of singles matches earlier in the day. Sweden's doubles team of Robin Soderling and Robert Lindstedt defeated Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 11-9.

Soderling gave the Swedes an early 1-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Youzhny in the first singles match of the day. In the second singles, Igor Andreev beat Thomas Johansson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Russians have not won this tennis tournament but have been the runner-up three times before, from 2000-2002.

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