Tursunov beats Roddick

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Dmitry Tursunov put Russia in the Davis Cup final after holding off Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 and giving his country a 3-1 lead over the US.

Moscow:

Dmitry Tursunov put Russia in the Davis Cup final after holding off Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15 and giving his country a 3-1 lead over the United States. James Blake was to face Marat Safin in a meaningless final match. The Russians will host Argentina in December in their first Davis Cup final since they beat France in 2002 for their only title. The 72 games tied a record for the most played in a World Group match since the tiebreaker was introduced in 1989, when France's Arnaud Clement defeated Switzerland's Marc Rosset in the 2001 quarterfinals. Sunday's match lasted four hours, 48 minutes. "When you're coming up on the five-hour mark, I promise you, neither one of us is feeling fresh. Especially when you add in the tension and nervousness of the Davis Cup," said Roddick. "I think I could just as easily have won as lost." Roddick struggled from the start on the clay court at the Olympic Stadium, losing his first service game. He lost again on his second service game in the second set, but broke back in the eighth game. Roddick won only three points in his opponent's first five service games in the third set, but he held serve and broke the Russian at 6-5 to avoid a tiebreaker and stay in the match. (AP)

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