July 18, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After an impressive spring, Ohio State rising-junior Mikael Torpegaard showed he has not lost a step this summer as he claimed a dramatic five-set Davis Cup victory on Sunday to push Denmark into the semifinals in Group II.
Torpegaard, who coming off a runner-up finish in the NCAA Championship this spring, lost the first two sets on Sunday to Finland’s Harri Heliovaara. With this being the deciding match between the two countries, Torpegaard dug deep to take the third set 7-2 in a tie-break. He rolled that momentum into a 6-1 victory in the fourth set and then capped the comeback with a 7-5 victory in the fifth set.
The win sends Denmark into the third round of the Europe/Africa Group II Davis Cup matches. The second-seeded Danes will face third-seeded Belarus on Sept. 16-18 in Belarus. The winner of that match will earn a promotion to Group I in 2017.
This was Torpegaard’s sixth Davis Cup match for his home country. He won a pair of matches in 2014 and then took on Spain’s Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer last September in Group I quarterfinal matches. He started this weekend’s match with a loss to No. 623 Jarkko Nieminen before rebounding to seal the team’s win against Heliovaara.
Torpegaard, who is ranked No. 880 in the latest world rankings, dominated collegiate tennis this past spring. He spent five weeks as the No. 1 ranked player and finished the regular season undefeated. The Big Ten Player of the Year and the national Player to Watch led the Buckeyes to Big Ten regular season and tournament titles and finished runner-up at the NCAA Singles Championship. He had a 34-5 singles record and a team-best 31-7 doubles mark.