Will Sweden's man of mystery pose problems for USA?
Joachim Johansson hasn't played a match since January. So why has Sweden's captain Mats Wilander pegged Johansson, and not veteran Jonas Bjorkman, to play singles in Friday's Davis Cup semifinals against the U.S.?
GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- It's hard to fathom how an eight-month injury layoff could be ideal preparation for a best-of-five-sets Davis Cup semifinal match against the world's fifth-ranked player. Yet that's how Swedish captain Mats Wilander is spinning Joachim Johansson's return to active duty Friday.The big-serving, 6-foot-6 Johansson, a somewhat erratic player even when he's healthy, will open up the weekend competition Friday against Andy Roddick. Wilander contends the fact that Johansson has been shut down since the Australian Open last January actually could put the U.S. team at a disadvantage. "They haven't seen him," Wilander said. "They don't know where he is. They don't even know if he's playing the same way he was playing before.
Bonnie D. Ford is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.
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