Posted on Sat, Mar. 05, 2005
Russia leads Chile in Davis Cup 2-1
MOSCOW - Marat Safin and Mikhail Youzhny beat Fernando Gonzalez and Adrian Garcia 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in doubles Saturday to give Russia a 2-1 lead over Chile in the first round of the Davis Cup's World Group.
Gonzalez, who won Olympic gold in doubles with Nicolas Massu, defeated Youzhny in the opening singles match Friday to put Chile ahead, but Australian Open champion Safin beat Garcia to tie it at 1 after the first day.
Chile, which is back to the elite group for the first time since 1985, came to Moscow without Massu, who was sidelined with a leg injury.
Safin and Youzhny teamed up in the Davis Cup for the third time and remained unbeaten.
The Russian duo was in full control and broke the Chilean pair in the fourth game of the first set to go up 4-1 and take the set in 28 minutes.
Safin and Youzhny broke the Chileans twice in the third set to close the match in 90 minutes.
In Sunday's reverse singles, Safin was to play Gonzalez, while Youzhny was to face Garcia.