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Russia completes Davis Cup win over France

April 9, 2006 at 6:12 PM   |   Comments

PAU, France, April 9 (UPI) -- Russia ended its Davis Cup quarterfinal against France by taking a 4-1 victory Sunday.

It came when Dmitry Tursunov, playing for the injured Nikolay Davydenko, beat Richard Gasquet in a thrilling five-set match, 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 7-5.

"It would have been more difficult for me if I had not served so well," said Tursunov.

Mikhail Youzhny beat Michael Llodra, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), in a meaningless match after Tursunov's victory sewed up the quarterfinal for Russia.

Russia has won its last three meetings with France in Davis Cup play, capturing the title in Paris in 2002 and winning a quarterfinal tie last year in Moscow.

Next up for Russia is the United States on Sept. 22-24. The U.S. team beat Chile Sunday in their quarterfinal contest Sunday.

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