Lawn Tennis - Andy Roddick Loses Five Set Thiller In Davis Cup Semifinals
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Semifinal - USA vs Russia
September 22-24, 2006
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Andy Roddick Loses Five Set Thiller In Davis Cup
By Anton Lagani, Lawn Tennis Correspondent
Sunday, September 24, 2006

Andy Roddick Davis Cup Down 1-2 in a best of five matches Davis Cup semifinal, The United States lost Sunday to Russia as Andy Roddick of the USA was beaten by Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15. After four hours and 48 minutes on the slow clay, Andy Roddick lost his serve to drop the match in one of five breaks against his serve for the day.

Roddick was scheduled to face Mikhail Youzhny in a rematch of their US Open semifinal, but Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev elected to play Tursunov. Roddick had 22 aces to 29 from Tursunov. Total points won were 212 and 200 to Tursunov and Roddick respectively.

James Blake of the United States is scheduled to face Marat Safin of Russia in the meaningless fifth match. One or both players will most likely sit out due to the semifinal result has already been decided.

Friday on day one of Davis Cup semifinal play Safin defeated Roddick 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(7-5) and Youzhny beat Blake 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5 to give Russia a 2-0 lead. On day two in doubles; however, the American team of Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

In semifinal number two, Argentina defeated Australia 3-0 to reach the Davis Cup final for only the second time. In the Davis Cup final December 1st through December 3rd, Russia takes on Argentina in Moscow, Russia.

Russia def. USA 3-1
R1 Marat Safin(RUS) def. Andy Roddick(USA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
R2 Mikhail Youzhny(RUS) beat James Blake(USA) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
R3 Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan(USA) def. Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny(RUS) 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
R4 Dmitry Tursunov(RUS) def. Andy Roddick(USA) 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 17-15
R5 James Blake(USA) vs. Marat Safin(RUS)

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