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James Blake Holds On, USA Leads Russia 2-0 In Davis Cup
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:15pm CST USA
James Blake Holds On, USA Leads Russia 2-0 In Davis Cup
Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
Portland, Oregon--( Friday in the final of the Davis Cup, Andy Roddick gave the USA a quick 1-0 lead versus Russia as he defeated Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-4 6-2 in the opening match. Roddick used a total of 25 aces and aggressive groundstrokes for the win.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 1930 GMT

Doubles: Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 
versus Igor Andreev/Nikolay Davydenko

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2000 GMT

Reverse singles:
 Andy Roddick versus Mikhail Youzhny
James Blake versus Dmitry Tursunov 

In the second singles match played Friday, American James Blake held a two sets to one lead before reaching a fourth set tiebreaker against Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Blake stared down his 1-12 career five set record, and then instead closed the match out in four sets; winning 6-3, 7-6(7-4), 6-7(3-7), 7-6(7-3).

In the final tiebreaker three Youzhny errors and an overwhelming Blake crosscourt forehand decided the match.

"He played great and he's got a lot more experience than me in situations like this," Blake said after the match. "For me to come through is a big moment for me and for the team. And playing at home makes it a lot more fun."

In tomorrow's doubles Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States meet Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in what could be the decisive match. One nation looks to win three total matches in the five match tie to claim the Davis Cup final victory.

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