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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tarpishchev Aims for Historic Double

Russian tennis fans barely had time to digest their team's emotional victory over the U.S. in the Fed Cup semifinal before turning their thoughts to this week's Davis Cup quarterfinal against France.

Shamil Tarpishchev, whose women's team completed a 4-1 win over the U.S. on Sunday, is looking to become the first team captain to steer his country to both the Davis and Fed Cup titles in the same season.

Last year, he became only the third to win both trophies after Frenchmen Yannick Noah and Guy Forget.

Tarpishchev now faces a formidable French men's side, including rising teenager Richard Gasquet, on the slow clay court at Moscow's Olympic Stadium in the tie starting on Friday.

It will be the first Davis Cup meeting between the two nations since Russia edged France 3-2 to clinch their first title in Paris in 2002.

This time, however, Russia's task is tougher after Australian Open champion Marat Safin pulled out with a knee injury.

French Open semifinalist Nikolai Davydenko is also doubtful after retiring from his opening match at the Gstaad Open last week with a wrist injury.

If Davydenko is unable to take part, Tarpishchev must look to Mikhail Youzhny to reproduce his 2002 heroics when he came from two sets down to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu in the deciding fifth rubber.

What had been billed as a dream tie between the women's game's two superpowers turned out a mismatch as Russia thrashed the injury-hit U.S. team 4-1 to set up a rematch with France in the Fed Cup final.

Anastasia Myskina, who led Russia to its first Fed Cup title with a dramatic 3-2 win over France in last year's final, once again played a key role in her team's victory over the Americans.

Myskina stunned Wimbledon champion Venus Williams on the same Moscow clay court in Saturday's opener before clinching the tie by crushing world No. 60 Jill Craybas, a late replacement for Mashona Washington, on Sunday.

The U.S. team was missing world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport and seven-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams with injuries, leaving her sister Venus as the only real threat to the formidable Russians.

Injuries had also deprived Russia of U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and French Open semifinalist Nadia Petrova, but Tarpishchev still had enough weapons in his arsenal to pick a strong squad, which included the world No. 5 player, Yelena Dementyeva.