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and Mikhail Youzhny in singles as they defend their Davis Cup crown against
the United States in the five-match final that starts here on Friday.
At Thursday's draw ceremony, Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev named world
No. 4 Nikolay Davydenko to play just doubles, perhaps in deference to his 0-5
career record against US number one Andy Roddick and 0-6 record against
American number two James Blake.
The selection means the tie will open with world No. 6 Roddick taking on
Tursunov, in a rematch of their scintillating clash in the semi-finals last
year, when Tursunov beat Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15.
Blake will take on Youzhny in the second singles match, while the American
doubles powerhouse of Bob and Mike Bryan will play Igor Andreev and Davydenko
Roddick will then play Youzhny and Blake will take on Tursunov on the
reverse singles on Sunday.
The United States have won a record 31 Davis Cup titles, but haven't
claimed the coveted trophy since 1995, when a Pete Sampras-led squad beat
Russia in the final in Moscow.
The United States also beat Russia in a first-round tie in 1998.
Russia won their second title last year with a triumph over Argentina in
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