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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko and Safin to Play in Davis Cup Semi

Nikolai Davydenko and Marat Safin will lead Russia in next month's Davis Cup semifinal against the United States in Moscow.

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev has named world No. 6 Davydenko and former world No. 1 Safin along with Dmitry Tursunov, 2002 Davis Cup hero Mikhail Youzhny and newcomer Yevgeny Korolev for the Sept. 22-24 tie, which is being held at the Olimpiisky Sports Complex.

"Too bad that Igor Andreev is still out injured but even without him we have a very strong team," Tarpishchev said.

"Besides, we're playing at home and on our preferred surface clay. It should give us the edge," he added.

"Korolev did very well at this year's French Open, while Davydenko and Tursunov are also doing well at the moment."

Korolev, an 18-year-old cousin of Anna Kournikova, reached the second round at Roland Garros before losing to 2004 French Open champion Gaston Gaudio of Argentina in four sets.

Tarpishchev said his only worry was Safin.

Last week Safin moved out of the top 100 in the ATP rankings for the first time since making his professional debut at 17 years old in 1997.

Safin, who has been struggling to recover from a knee injury, decided to take a break from his Swedish coach Peter Lundgren earlier this month.

He has not won a title since beating Lleyton Hewitt in the Australian Open final in January 2005.

"Quite honestly, I'm disappointed with his game and his attitude," Tarpishchev said.

"But you can never count him out. He has been the key to our success in Davis Cup in the past, and I'm sure he'll do all he can to help us against the U.S. once again."