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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Rallies to Win Davis Semi 3-2

APIgor Andreyev serving to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Sunday in the deciding singles match of their Davis Cup semifinal tie at Olympic Stadium.
Igor Andreyev beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 Sunday to lead defending champion Russia over Germany 3-2 and into the Davis Cup final against the United States.

With Germany one win away from its first final in 14 years, Mikhail Youzhny evened the best-of-five series 2-2 by defeating Philipp Petzschner 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the first reverse singles match.

Andreyev served three winners to rally from 0-30 down in the fifth game of the opening set and hit a precise backhand down the line to earn three break points in the eighth game.

Kohlschreiber saved two before double-faulting, and the Russian served out the set.

Andreyev netted an easy backhand to fall behind 30-40 in the sixth game of the second set, and the German broke him with a backhand down the line before going on to even the match 1-1.

Andreyev recovered, winning the third set at love, and he broke right back after Kohlschreiber broke him in the fourth set. The German saved two break points in the eighth game but faltered to fall behind 5-3.

Serving for the win, Andreyev wasted three match points, then saved a break point before closing it out with a forehand on the second deuce.

Youzhny was named as a substitute for Nikolai Davydenko and looked shaky early on, but broke Davis Cup rookie Petzschner to take a 4-3 lead in the first set, then held at love in the next game on his way to a 1-0 advantage.

The two traded breaks to open the second set, then held their serves until the ninth game, when Youzhny converted his third break point for a 5-4 lead. Youzhny ceded the third set after falling behind 3-1 but broke an error-prone Petzschner for a 3-1 lead in the fourth before closing out the match with an ace.

The decisive fifth match was a battle between Friday's upset winners. Andreyev gave Russia its first point with a three-set win over Tommy Haas in the opening singles, but Kohlschreiber evened it by outlasting Davydenko. Petzschner teamed with Alexander Waske to beat Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov in four sets Saturday.

Germany has not reached a Davis Cup final since 1993, and has not beaten Russia since the first round that year. The Germans reached the semifinals the following two years, but lost to Russia both times. The Russians again beat Germany in the first round in 1999.

Russia is undefeated in 14 matches at home since 1995, and won its second Davis Cup title last season over Argentina.

The U.S. team, which defeated host Sweden in Sunday's semifinal in Goteborg, will host Russia in the final in November.

Russia beat the United States in last year's semifinals in Moscow, also on clay.


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Andy Roddick after his win Sunday.
In Sweden, Andy Roddick secured the win with his big serve, defeating Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4, putting the United States up an insurmountable 3-1 in the tie.

Bjorkman replaced Thomas Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open who was scratched from the first reverse singles in the best-of-five format because of illness. Johansson won the second singles Friday against James Blake.

"If you would have told me I could get through three sets with Jonas without getting broken I would have questioned your sanity a little bit," Roddick said. "But I was very happy with it."

The American held serve throughout the match on the fast indoor carpet, then broke to lead 3-2 in the third set when Bjorkman's backhand sailed long.

"I thought he played great (in the second set)," Roddick said. "If I would had just a little bit of a slip-up I would have been struggling. Even when I didn't I had to come up with a big serve on break points."

Bjorkman, at 35 the oldest player in the series, is still one of the world's top doubles players but has slipped to 55th in the ATP singles rankings. Roddick, who is ranked fifth, improved his record to 5-2 against the Swede.

"I think Jonas played a good match," Roddick said. "That's why he has been as successful as he has been."

Bjorkman had his chances in the second set, earning two break points at 2-2. But the Swede returned long at 15-40 and then Roddick aced him to get to deuce. Roddick held to 3-2 with another ace and a forehand winner.

After missing a set point in game 11th, Roddick dominated the tiebreaker from the start. He aced Bjorkman to lead 1-0 and earned two mini-breaks en route to a 5-0 lead. He won when the Swede netted a forehand.

Roddick broke Bjorkman's serve twice in the first set, winning it with a forehand near the baseline that the Swede returned into the net.

The American was never challenged on his serve except for the first and fourth games in the opening set. The first went to deuce and after breaking Bjorkman's serve to love, Roddick saved one break point before holding serve to lead 4-1.