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The last time Dmitry Tursunov and Andy Roddick met in Davis Cup competition, the Russian clinched his country's place in the 2006 final by outlasting the top American, 17-15, in a Moscow-based battle that spanned nearly five hours.
On opening day of the 2007 Davis Cup final, Friday in Portland, Roddick avenged the loss with confidence before an arena of flag-waving supporters. He raced to the 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 victory just shy of the two-hour mark, firing 24 aces and converting on four of his 17 break point opportunities.
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American James Blake followed his compatriot by turning in a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 7-6(3) win over Mikhail Youzhny to give the United States the intimidating 2-0 lead over defending champion Russia.
The United States now has three opportunities to end its longest Davis Cup title drought, dating back to its 1995 triumph over Russia in Moscow.
The No. 1 doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, who have a 12-1 Davis Cup record, will have the first chance to clinch the win for the U.S. squad when they confront Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko in Saturday's doubles rubber. Andreev and Davydenko last teamed up to win the doubles rubber against France in the April's Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The United States has not lost a home final (5-0) since 1973, a statistic which bodes well for Roddick who is attempting to join his five other countrymen to rank No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and win a Davis Cup title during his career: Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
The 25-year-old American is playing in his second Davis Cup final, but his first on home soil. In 2004, he lost his singles matches against Rafael Nadal and Carlos Moya in Seville as Spain went on to win 3-2.
Roddick, whose last loss in Davis Cup action came against Tursunov, improved to a perfect 6-0 record for the year. He also improved to a career Davis Cup record of 9-0 on indoor hard courts.
Tursunov, representing Russia in the singles line-up for the first time since his 2006 encounter with Roddick, lost his first career singles match in Davis Cup action (5-1).
Similar to his countryman, Blake succeeded in avenging his loss in the 2006 Davis Cup semifinals. Youzhny threatened to push Friday's match to a fifth-set decider by breaking Blake as the American served for the match late in the fourth set, but Blake held on in the tie-break to close out the win in 3 hrs., 28 mins.
Russia is attempting to win its third title in the last six years as it tries to become the first country to successfully defend its title since Sweden in 1997-98. Both of Russia's previous Davis Cup wins came in 3-2 decisions, over Argentina last year in Moscow and over France in 2002 in Paris.
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