Davis Cup final: Davydenko takes on Chela

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Nikolay Davydenko of Russia plays Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final on Friday.

Davis Cup final: Davydenko takes on Chela

Moscow:

Nikolay Davydenko of Russia plays Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final on Friday having lost all five of their previous matches.The third-ranked Davydenko has taken only two sets in losing three times on clay and twice on hard courts to the 33rd-ranked Chela, but none of the matches were in Davis Cup play.Thursday's draw also pitted two-time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin of Russia, ranked 26th, against eighth-ranked David Nalbandian on carpet at the Olympic Indoor stadium.Safin has a 6-2 head-to-head record against Nalbandian - including a four-set semifinal win on carpet in 2002 when Russia won 3-2 and went on to beat France in the final and claim its only title.Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny of Russia are scheduled to play Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri in Saturday's doubles. Team captains can change their lineups until one hour before play.Russia, which will be defending an 11-year unbeaten record at home, is making its fourth appearance in the final. It lost to Sweden in 1994 and to the United States the following year.Argentina has never won the trophy, but it lost in the final to the United States in 1981.The last time the two teams met, Argentina beat visiting Russia 5-0 in the 2003 quarterfinals.If Argentina wins it will become the 13th champion since the competition's inception in 1900 and the sixth different winner in as many years. (AP)



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