Tennis in Sweden has a huge tradition. Since the successes from the beginning of the Open Era in the ’70s, thanks to Björn Borg, and then to Mats Wilander in the’ 80s and Stefan Edberg in the ’90s, having all reached number one in the world ranking, with many others in the Top 10 making their contribution. Even seven Davis Cups can justify power status.
However, in recent years little has been known about Swedish tennis and if the Scandinavians gave the note it was thanks to the Norwegian Casper Ruud.
The Swede Mikael Ymer, by dint of triumphs, managed to put Sweden back on the tennis map. Made it to the final in Winston-Salem, a milestone not seen since 2011. Robin Soderling was the last Swede to reach a final (winning Bastad).
Ymer is playing his first US Open Series event, but with the confidence gained by reaching back-to-back quarter-finals in his two most recent clay-court tournaments – in Gstaad and Kitzbuhel.
His rival in the final in which there will be no seed will be Ilya Ivashka, who in the other semifinal defeated 6-2 and 6-1 Finn Emil Ruusuvuori and will seek to become the first Belarusian ATP champion since 2003 when Max Mirnyi won the title in Rotterdam.