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BARCELONA, SPAIN: As is always expected some matches are moving along at a quick pace and others are turning into battles on this first day of the round-robin competition at the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals by BNP Paribas.
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Getting wind of Windahl
For 16-year-old Daniel Windahl of Sweden playing tennis is all about following in the footsteps of his father.
The Swede was a key element in securing a 3-0 win over China on Tuesday, the opening day of the Junior Davis Cup Finals. Sweden’s win means that they will play Egypt, who lost 0-3 to Italy on Tuesday, in round-robin action in Group D on Wednesday.
Windahl, playing second on the team behind Elias Ymer, won his singles match 64 63 against Zhong Su-Hao and teamed with Philip Moebius to win the doubles point 60 62 over Zhou Xhe and Zhong.
“Every player played as good as they can today,” said Windahl, playing for the first time in this prestigious junior title.
Windahl’s father, Jorgen, 49, was a talented junior player who spent some time on the pro tour. In fact, the elder Windahl captured the 1981 Australian Open junior boys’ title, spoiling the hopes of the home crowd by beating Aussie Pat Cash in the final. Windahl was the first Swede to win the Australian junior crown in the same year that Mats Wilander went on to win the French Open junior boys’ title.
In the pros, Windahl’s dads’ best result was reaching the Madrid semifinals in singles and winning the 1986 Geneva doubles title. Jorgen Windahl’s best career singles ranking was No. 69.
The younger Windahl relishes coming from a country able to boast a past peppered with former tennis greats -- Bjorn Borg, Mats Wilander, Stefan Edberg, to name a few -- has inspired him as he plays the juniors. In fact, he’s even had personal attention from some of the stars he’s admired.
“I’ve trained with some of them a couple of times,” said Windahl, who currently holds a combined ITF junior ranking of 132. “I’ve trained with Stefan Edberg and Magnus Norman.”
Of hitting with Edberg, Windahl said, “It was tough. He’s like not missing no balls and putting everything in the court.”
For Windahl, the goal is to play at the Grand Slams as a pro and “maybe get a bit further.” To borrow a familiar phrase, it sounds like Windahl’s a chip off the old block.
13:25 In Junior Davis Cup action, three teams have already completed two matches.
Italy is 2-0 ahead of Egypt in Group D with Filippo Baldi defeating Youssef Sherif 61 61 and Gianluigi Quinzi of Italy beating Omar Gamal El Din 60 61.
Korea is also 2-0 ahead of Korea in Group C with Ku Keon Kang defeating Petr Iamachkine 61 63 and Hyeon Chung beating Nicolas Alvarez 61 62. In other Group C action, France leads Mexico 2-0 with Quentin Halys beating Nigel Jimenez 61 62, and Johan Sebastien Tatlot defeating Kevin Jack Carpenter 63 63.
Top seeds USA have a 1-0 lead over Brazil in Group A after Stefan Kuzlov scored a 67 (0) 60 62 win over Marcelo Zormann Da Silva. Other Group A action has Russia leading Japan 1-0 with Andrey Rublev defeating Naoki Nakagawa 26 75 63.
In Group B action, Argentina leads Spain 1-0 with Lautaro Pane defeating Jaume Antoni Munar 64 76 (0).
In Group D matches, Sweden leads China 1-0 with Daniel Windahl beating Zhong Su-Hao 64 63.
Round Robin Groups
(click on the group for standings and results)
Junior Davis Cup
GROUP A: (1) USA, Brazil, Japan and (7) Russia
GROUP B: (3) Australia, Morocco, Spain and (6) Argentina
GROUP C: (4) France, Mexico, Peru and (5) Korea
GROUP D: (2) Italy, Egypt, China and (8) Sweden