Ymer brothers give Sweden Davis Cup upset

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The Ymer brothers keep coming through for Sweden in the Davis Cup Finals.

A year after leading the Swedes to a surprising run to the quarter-finals, Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer got off to a good start and led their nation to victory over Argentina in the opening of the group-stage matches on Tuesday.

World No.119 Elias Ymer defeated Sebastian Baez 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-4), while his younger brother Mikael Ymer (ranked No.98) later comfortably beat No. 17 Diego Schwartzman 6-2 6-2 in the Group A matches in Bologna.

The Argentines scored their lone point with Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos defeating Andre Goransson and Elias Ymer 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the doubles.

"I'm very happy because we weren't favorites in this group with teams like Argentina, Croatia and Italy," Elias Ymer said. "This victory is worth double."

The Ymer brothers, Sweden's top-ranked players, had helped Sweden succeed last year despite being one of the lowest-ranked nations in the competition.

Three other venues - Valencia in Spain, Hamburg in Germany and Glasgow in Scotland - are hosting group-stage matches ahead of the single-venue quarter-finals that will be played in the southern city of Malaga in November.

The top two teams in each of the four groups will advance to the quarter-finals.

In Group C in Hamburg, Alex de Minaur cruised past David Goffin 6-2 6-2 to lead Australia to victory over Belgium. Minaur's win followed Jason Kubler's 6-4 1-6 6-3 triumph over Zizou Bergs.

World No.97 Kubler, replaced an ill Thanasi Kokkinakis and made his debut at age 29.

Australia made it 3-0 after Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell defeated Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-1 6-3 in the closing doubles.

Germany and France are the other teams in Group C.

In Group B in Valencia, Canada took a lead against Davis Cup Finals newcomer South Korea after Vasek Pospisil rallied to defeat Hong Seong-Chan 4-6 6-1 7-6 (7-5), but Soonwoo Kwon evened the tie with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime. In the deciding doubles, Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil defeated Song Min-Kyu and Jisung Nam 7-5 5-7 6-3.

In Group D in Glasgow, the Netherlands defeated Kazakhstan 2-0 after Tallon Griekspoor beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 3-6 6-3 and Botic van de Zandschulp beat Alexander Bublik 3-6 6-1 6-4.

New world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz arrived in Valencia on Tuesday two days after winning the US Open. Spain will start on Wednesday against Serbia, who won't have Novak Djokovic.

The United States will be without Frances Tiafoe, who lost to Alcaraz in the semi-finals at the US Open. The Americans will be led by Taylor Fritz in Group D, which also has a Great Britain team led by Andy Murray.

Top-ranked Croatia are in Group A along with an Italian team playing at home and led by Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner.

Russia can't defend their title from last year after being banned from international team competitions because of the nation's invasion of Ukraine.