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Sweden makes team tennis title series

Sweden's Robin Soderling returns the ball back from Russia's Mikhail Youzhny during the semi finals of the Men's Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday March 2, 2007. Youzhny won the match 7-5 6-2. The finals will be held tomorrow, Saturday March 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Norbert Schiller)
Sweden's Robin Soderling returns the ball back from Russia's Mikhail Youzhny during the semi finals of the Men's Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday March 2, 2007. Youzhny won the match 7-5 6-2. The finals will be held tomorrow, Saturday March 3, 2007. (UPI Photo/Norbert Schiller) | License Photo

DUSSELDORF, Germany, May 22 (UPI) -- Singles victories by Robin Soderling and Thomas Johansson boosted the Swedish team into the finals of the $2.34 million ATP World Team Championship in Germany.

Soderling defeated James Blake 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 and Johansson upended Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 assuring the Swedes a win in the best-of-three Red Group series with the United States.

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Both teams entered Thursday with 2-0 round-robin records, leaving the Sweden-U.S. pairing to decide the group winner.

Sweden, which last won the team title in 1995, heads into Saturday's finals but won't know its opponent until after Friday's Blue Group round-robin play ends. All four teams in that group entered Thursday tied 1-1.

Russia is ahead of Germany 1-0 after Igor Andreev defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-3 and David Ferrer put Spain up 1-0 over Italy with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Simone Bolelli.

The Blue Group teams have their second singles matches and a doubles match to go Friday before a final opponent for Sweden is determined.

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