After watching Sweden sweep three straight to capture the Davis Cup, Yevgeny Kafelnikov restored a little Russian pride Sunday by defeating Stefan Edberg 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Kafelnikov, the world's No. 11 ranked singles player, looked sluggish in the first set but came back in the second and repeatedly broke the service of the No. 7 Edberg.The hometown crowd in Olympic Stadium, which had cheered, chanted and stomped through the first two days of the final, was subdued on Sunday after Russia's disappointing finish.
The Russians, playing in their first Davis Cup final, had hoped to become the first unseeded team to capture the Cup. But they were undone by the more experienced Swedes, who won in consecutive five-set matches.
It was the fifth men team's crown for Sweden. Magnus Larsson won the day's second match 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, against Alexander Volkov, bringing Sweden to 4-1.
Edberg said it was difficult to concentrate on Sunday's match after the elation of winning the Cup the day before.
"Once you've won the match, you've won the match," he said. "It's hard to go out and be 100 percent focused."
He praised Kafelnikov as one of the best serve returners in tennis, but said his mental strength was "a little bit up and down.
"That's something he has to work on," Edberg said.
Kafelnikov, who looked drained and depressed after Saturday's grueling doubles defeat, did not speak to reporters after Sunday's match.
Edberg opened Sweden's sweep on Friday by beating Alexander Volkov 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (2-7), 0-6, 8-6, in his seventh Davis Cup Final appearance.
Magnus Larsson, ranked 19th by the ATP Tour, defeated Kafelnikov in another thriller, 6-0, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.
On Saturday, Jonas Bjorkman and Jan Apell clinched the title for Sweden by beating Kafelnikov and Andrei Olhovskiy 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6.
Edberg, 28, said he was already looking forward to next year, although he acknowledged that it would be tough to win another Davis Cup title.
"I think we could have another good Davis Cup next year," he said. "Obviously it will be very difficult to win it because we've had a little bit of luck. But I think it's very possible we can."