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Kohlschreiber brings Germany level with Russia

MOSCOW, Sep 21 (Reuters) Philipp Kohlschreiber upset world number four Nikolay Davydenko in five sets in the second Davis Cup singles rubber to bring Germany level at 1-1 against holders Russia in their semi-final today.

World number four Davydenko, who lost 6-7 6-2 6-2 4-6 7-5, looked down and out after losing the second and third sets but battled back to take the fourth and then broke in the fifth game of the decider.

The Russian led 4-2 and held three break points for a 5-2 lead but this time Kohlschreiber performed the heroics. The 37th-ranked German broke back, then earned the decisive break in the 12th game to finally prevail after four hours 23 minutes.

Igor Andreev had trounced German number one Tommy Haas 6-2 6-2 6-2 in the opening singles to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev picked claycourt specialist Andreev over the higher-ranked Mikail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov for the singles in the three-day tie on clay and he repaid his captain with a great display of power tennis.

Andreev, who reached the French Open quarter-finals this year, broke world number 11 Haas three times in each of the first two sets, then twice more in the third to record an emphatic victory after just over two hours.

The United States were leading Sweden 1-0 in the other semi-final in Gothenburg also today.


Story first published: Saturday, September 22, 2007, 0:03 [IST]
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