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Russia wins doubles to trail Austria by 2-1

Russia wins doubles to trail Austria by 2-1

Nikolay Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny won the doubles against Austria from a break down in the decider to reduce Russia's deficit to 2-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup on Saturday.
Davydenko and Youzhny, partners for the first time in Davis Cup, defeated experienced doubles pair Oliver Marach and Alexander Peya 7-6 (1), 6-7 (7), 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 in 4 hours, 45 minutes.
"We were lucky to win it in the end," Youzhny said through a translator. "There was no set without breaks so we knew we still had a chance despite being 3-0 down in the final set. We just didn't give up."
Jurgen Melzer and Andreas Haider-Maurer won both singles for Austria on Friday. The reverse singles are on Sunday, with Youzhny and Davydenko likely to replace Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Igor Kunitsyn.
Russia has managed to win from 2-0 down only once, against Germany in 1995 _ one of only nine times a nation managed that feat in the World Group.
Austria in its first tie under captain Clemens Trimmel is looking to win at least one of the remaining singles to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Group for the first time since 1995. It has lost its past nine first-round ties in the World Group.
The winner will play Spain in the quarterfinals from April 6-8. The defending champions took a decisive 3-0 lead against Kazakhstan.
Davydenko and Youzhny both complained about not being totally fit but were expected to play in Sunday's matches.
Davydenko, suffering from a cold, said "it got worse during the third set and I almost lost my voice. We will have to see how it goes tomorrow."
Youzhny had a sore right shoulder following his victory at an ATP event in Zagreb, Croatia, last week and he got treatment after seven games into the third set of Saturday's match.
"I can't go to the limit. But there is no need to take a decision now. We can decide after warmups tomorrow," said Youzhny, who is the team's highest ranked player at No. 28 but was overlooked by captain Shamil Tarpischev for the opening singles.
Davydenko and Youzhny last played doubles at an ATP event in Doha five years ago.
"We are not a usual doubles pair with one leading player," Davydenko said. "That made it hard for our opponents to adapt to our game. Even we ourselves were not always sure what we were playing."
The match was in the balance for the first four sets before Austria broke Davydenko to go 3-0 up in the decider. Russia then reeled off five frames in a row and finally converted its second match point on Davydenko's serve.
"This is hard to swallow," Marach said. "We were so close but just could not close it out. We were not very lucky in the end, but we didn't play our best tennis either."
His partner Peya added that is was "our most bitter defeat in recent years."


Updated : 2021-10-23 13:49 GMT+08:00