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Russia did it. YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
Congrats to Zhenya, Marat and Misha.

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CONGRATS TO RUSSIA!!!!!

Big hugs and kisses to Misha. So proud of you...i saw you play in Gstaad and i was really amazed by your game on clay and knew that you could pull through. You also showed your mental strenght...kudos, indeed!

Gosh, i'm so happy. Watching the matches since Friday. Esp. today, those matches were long... but worth it.


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WE DID IT!!!!!!!

I can't wait to see the pictures and interviews. I see Jessi's doing her time in GM at the moment, but hopefully she will keep the steady stream of interviews, news, and pics coming this way, too. I'm sorry I wasn't around to follow the match, it sounds like it was a good one. I think good things will come not only from Misha, but from Paul-Henri as well

Many big hugs and kisses to Misha for pulling through. I thought after his tragedy this year with his father that he would be down and out for a long time, but he came through when his country needed him. Many congrats to you, Mikhail

Zhenya can retire now on a bright note. I think he's earned it, and I certainly wouldn't want to see him play if he resented playing. I will miss him dearly, but I think if he wants to leave he should leave. And I think he will. I will always regret never getting to see him play live, but it's a regret I can live with

Congrats again, boys. As someone else commented, Russia is just too good a country to have never won the Davis Cup.

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Congrats to Russia on winning the Davis Cup for the first time! What a dramatic victory!

And I'm especially happy for all Russian tennis fans who've had to endure such tough times in recent years. I'm sure Russian born Russian tennis fans such as TBE, Nina, Fresh, ys, tenn_ace etc. are absolutely ecstatic! Congratulations!

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Youzhny the Star in Most Dramatic End to Year Possible

Tennis doesnt get much better than this, in fact its hard to think of any sporting spectacle that could exceed this final day for drama. Russia claimed its first-ever Davis Cup by BNP Paribas title when Mikael Youzhny made his own piece of history, becoming the first man in the 102 years of the competition to win a live fifth rubber in the final from two sets adrift.

It was a remarkable achievement for the 20-year-old, who looked down and out after dropping his serve four times in the first 12 games. At 0-3 in the second set he held his head in his towel at the change of ends, and looked close to tears. His team-mates shouted encouragement, Russias captain Shamil Tarpishev suggested one or two things he might try, but Youzhny was facing a humiliation in only his second live Davis Cup rubber. His silky, flowing groundstrokes were no match for the raw power of Mathieu, and it looked more of a mismatch than the dramatic conclusion of the tennis year it was to become.

Yet three hours later, Youzhny was Russias hero, the unlikely but proud winner 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-4 in four hours 26 minutes. He was feted by his Russian team-mates plus the countrys most prominent tennis fan, ex-president Boris Yeltsin. Safin described the feeling as being better than sex, and Yevgeny Kafelnikov said he would think a few more days before deciding whether to carry out his threat to retire.

But the conclusion of the Davis Cup belonged to Youzhny and his remarkable turnaround. Crucial to it was that he held his serve twice after falling 3-6 0-4 behind, and started taking the ball earlier at the start of the third set. He broke Mathieu early, but the Frenchman who at 20 made it the youngest live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup final since 1985 broke straight back to love. Even when Youzhny broke again for 4-2, Mathieu still had the match very much in his grasp.

But by then Youzhny was realising that Mathieu was vulnerable to changes of pace. The judicious use of the slice started reaping more rewards, and Mathieu started to look less potent. He still broke for 4-2, and France again looked to be heading to a 10th Davis Cup title, but Youznhy wasnt finished, and broke straight back.

Still Mathieu seemed to be in the better position, and at 4-5 deuce he was just two points from victory. But Youzhnys nerve held, and when he broke again for 6-5 and served out the set, the momentum had really turned.

Youzhny broke in the third game of the final set to take the lead for the first time, but Mathieu was back level at 3-3. But at 4-4 Youzhny sealed the decisive break, and served out the victory to love. It left Mathieu in tears, but one 20-year-old star was always going to be born in this final match of the tennis year, and his name is Mikael Youznhy.

CONGRATS RUSSIA!

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Unbelievable!!! I say it again - UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!! WE DID IT!!! RUSSIA IS THE BEST!!! See.. dreams come true!!!
La-la-la, everyone is asleep now, but what will be going on here this morning................. OMG!!! I can't sleep!!! I'm so so so so so so so so excited!!!! A huge thanks, billions of thanks to all Russian team - you are heroes!!! We are so proud of you, Russia is proud of you!!!

Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Safin,Mikhail Youzhny!!!
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Interview with the Russian Team

I would like to ask to Youzhny if he's surprised of what he achieved today. How much are you surprised? Before the match, what was your feeling?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: You know, before this match, when I go to warm up, I didn't really know if I would play last match. But I was good. I try play my best tennis. First two sets, it was not so good, but after I play like I can play.

Can you say what was your emotion at the last point of the match?
MIKHAIL YOUZHNY: No. It was no emotion. I don't understand what's happens. I just know we're winning. I was very glad after the match.

Marat, how is the taste of this victory compared to the US Open?
MARAT SAFIN: It's two completely different stories. I mean, when I won the US Open, I couldn't believe that I could beat Pete Sampras in the finals. I was still too young to win that kind of tournament. I was so happy, but I didn't know how to enjoy it. Right away I had to fly to Tashkent to play another tournament.
This victory, you know, it's a team tournament. We won, we're basically the world champions this year. We have nothing, I don't have to go to any tournaments, I don't have to rush, I don't have to do anything next week, so I have to enjoy. I will enjoy, of course.
I want to congratulate all my team, all the players. They deserve it. Yevgeny, he played great. He saved so many times the Russian team. Our captain, he was great. He was perfect. He was supporting us during all the match. Thank you very much.
Of course, Mikhail for today's victory that basically nobody expect that he could win after two sets 2-Love down. He surprised I think even himself. He showed that he's a real man, he's a Russian man, he knows how to fight, he knows how to come out of such a difficult situation. Thanks a lot for the victory.
I'm so happy, I'm so glad. I cannot describe what I'm feeling right now. It's just something that is just so great, it's the best. Better than sex, you can say that (smiling).

Yevgeny, you were not very supportive during Mikhail's match. Can you tell us why? We saw you speaking a lot on the phone, not paying much attention.
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: To be honest, I was paying too much attention. Maybe I talk once or twice during the time.
Believe me, when you are trying to support your fellow teammate as much as you can, sometimes you're running out of energy. That's what's probably happened during my first match when Marat played. He played a tough match against Grosjean. Second match, I at least knew that we're going to be here for long, long match. That doesn't mean on my mimics that I wasn't supporting Mikhail. I was trying to do it as best as I could. Sometimes you're unable because you're sitting on the bench.

Yevgeny, you say a few weeks ago if you win the Davis Cup...
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

So?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: So the final statement will be made through next week.

Next week?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: Yes. Let me explain once again. It's very enjoyable moment for me right now. I do respect what I said before. Like I told you, the final decision will be made throughout next week.

You won the Davis Cup final with two very, very young players. What does it mean for the future, Youzhny and Safin, to have two players like this 20 and 20 years old?
MARAT SAFIN: 22 (laughter).
Is such a difficult question. We didn't think so far already what was going to happen in the future. We just want to enjoy the moment. I think it's great to have two young players, but still I don't think Yevgeny is still too old. 28 years old, it's just the beginning of your career (smiling).
I think he will stay for another year. He will join us on the team and bring a lot of support for the Russian tennis. He's very important for us and for tennis in Russia. I think he will make a decision to stay one more year, just enjoy the moment. Anyway, he has nothing to do because he dedicate himself during already more than 20 years for tennis. I think it's his life and his job, and he loves it. I think he will stay and welcome very much Mikhail with such great success, that he give the opportunity to whole Davis Cup.
We're looking forward for the future. Of course, you have to enjoy first of all this victory and then to think about next year, next matches of Davis Cup.

Yevgeny, was it a difficult situation to give your place to Misha or not?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: It depends from which angle you're going to look at it. Probably my ego was saying that I should play, but realistically I felt like he was going to give the best effort than I could. You know, lately he was playing well, and I wasn't.
It was tough, but I did everything for the best interest of the team. You know, right now I'm proud what I have decided. It's definitely best team effort that we probably see.

You're not a little bit disappointed after all your efforts for the past in Russia? You've won, but is it disappointing to have not been actually playing at the final moment of victory?
YEVGENY KAFELNIKOV: You could say that. Like I told, you know, my ego is now somewhere probably back in Siberia. It's in the best interests of the team I did. It's in the best interests of the team. You know, that's why it's a team competition. Sometimes you've got to put your personal ambition somewhere else, where no one wants to see that. That's what happened.


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Congrats Russia!!

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It felt so good..

And thanks, Nina, for helping me with scores..


And at the end another side of this victory, again coming from one of our "remarkable" journalists..

This is from Izvestia:

http://www.izvestia.ru/sport/article27198

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And this is from CNNSI:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/ten...01/yeltsin_rt/

"Within seconds of Mikhail Youzhny winning the deciding singles, Yeltsin was clambering with difficulty over a courtside barrier and marching on to the claycourt.

A couple of security guards thought about stopping him but the 71-year-old former president had come a long way, and waited a long time, for this moment of triumph and he was going to be part of it. "

Don't you just love it..
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Spasiba, Russkiye!! Great end to the tennis season!!! Thanks for that little translation -- I'll check out the isvestia.

Great pix too everyone!!

Congratulations Russia!! You did it in style!! Especially young Misha -- what a great champion and a truly nice guy!

Now I can be happy with this year...!
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ys, you're back how was skiing?

I bought all the Russian newspapers today that mentioned the Davis Cup
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