World Group Semifinal: Russia vs Germany (Davai Russia and Misha!!!)
This is the ninth Davis Cup meeting for these two nations with Russia having won five of those encounters. The last two clashes have been decided in the fifth rubber, most dramatically when the teams faced off in Russia in 1995. In this semifinal encounter, Michael Stich held nine match points in the crucial fifth rubber before succumbing 14-12 to Andrei Chesnokov in the fifth set.
Nikolay DAVYDENKO Mikhail YOUZHNY