Russia Finishes Romania After Safin Pulled in Davis Cup


Posted on March 8, 2009

Romania stayed a 3-0 Davis Cup demolition at the hands of Russia on Saturday with a doubles win, but Dmitry Tursunov was too much for Victor Hanescu Sunday, coming from two sets down to beat the Romanian 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the win for Russia.

It was the fourth consecutive first-round loss for Romania. Marat Safin was scheduled to lead off on Sunday, but Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev switched the line-up, favoring Tursunov after Safin and Mikhail Youzhny had posted wins on Friday over Victor Crivoi and Victor Hanescu respectively.

"It is difficult to predict how difficult a tie is going to be, no matter who the adversary is," Tursunov said.

Tursunov and Safin were stunned in the Saturday doubles by low-ranked Romanians Marius Copil and Horia Tecau in five sets in front of the Romanian home crowd at Sala Transilvania, Sibiu.

Russia will next face Israel, who stunned Sweden in Malmo.

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