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Posted on: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tennis: Russia clinches Davis Cup win over India


Associated Press

MOSCOW Russia is advancing to the Davis Cup quarterfinals after Mikhail Youzhny defeated Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the first reverse singles to secure an insurmountable 3-1 lead over India.

Youzhny dominated for the start Sunday, breaking his opponent six times while never losing his serve to close out the match in less than two hours.

Youzhny and last-minute substitute Igor Kunitsyn won the opening singles Friday against Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna respectively. Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes steamrolled Kunitsyn and Teimuraz Gabashvili in Saturday's doubles to narrow the gap to 2-1.

Russia has not lost at home since 1996, winning 17 straight ties.