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The eternal 40-year-old from Davis 2021

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Laura Marta

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Robert Lindstedt recognizes about his life that the most important moment of his career was when he debuted in the Davis Cup. It was in 2007 and he was 30 years old. He lost his first, and only, individual quarter-final match against Juan Martín del Potro (7-6, 6-4). Today, in 2021, he has the option of leading his country to the semifinals of the team tournament as a doubles player, aged 44.

It is a good representative that tennis, sometimes, is more head than body. It is true that he has suffered injuries, but he has always been able to get up. It may have to do with the fact that you already had to deal with setbacks from birth, since the cord

The umbilical was left around his neck and, he admits, he almost died. “Something that I am very proud of is how I dealt with the difficulties, with all the injuries I had. How I found the energy to pass the rehabilitation and continue », the Swede expressed himself in November, when he announced his retirement and played his last game, the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Stockholm, surrounded by legends of his country such as Robin Soderling, his captain in this Davis, or Thomas Enqvist. And it is true that the doubles entails less wear and tear than the individual circuit, but the effort and longevity are not negligible.

Not his achievements. In his 23 years as a professional, 23 titles appear, including the 2014 Australian Open. But, above all, he underlines the importance of having helped his country win the 2008 ATP World Cup. Hence, I dream of getting as close as possible to the Salad Bowl. Not only for him, to round off a more than worthy career, but for tennis in his country, in clear decline since the retirement of Robin Soderling. The Nordic country has seven Davis Cup titles: 1975, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1994, 1997 and 1998. “Reaching the quarterfinals is huge for us as a team and for Swedish tennis. Hopefully I can create some spark and talent at home», Admitted having achieved the pass in Madrid.

Although today (4:00 p.m., Movistar) will have to face the almighty Russia of Daniil Medvedev, it is the illusion of a Lindstedt who lives with the youth of the twentysomething Ymer brothers, Elias and Mikael, but it is by no means the oldest player to participate in Davis. That honor corresponds to Vittorio Pellandra, who played the San Marino tie against Egypt in 2007, in doubles, with 66 years and 104 days. Lost. Ferenc Zentai He was the one who played the individual match with the most springs: a 1985 Hungary-Egypt, with 50 years and 133 days. He also lost.

In this 2021, and when tennis tends to the power of youth, John Isner (1985) and Rajeev Ram (1984) defended the American flag with chevrons, in their first foray into Davis; also Richard Gasquet (1986) and Nicolas Mahut (1982) left everything for France. In Austria he offered his tennis of yesteryear and his experience as Grand Slam champion (Australian Open 2018), Oliver Marach, 40 (1980) and Cabal (1986) gave experience to Colombia.

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