Russia seize advantage in singles
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:21
Safin drew first blood for the visitors with victory over Victor Crivoi in the opening rubber in Sibiu.
The opening set was a tightly-fought affair but after Safin edged the tie-break he did not look back, prevailing 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-4.
The two-time grand slam champion admitted it had not been the prettiest of matches but he was delighted to get Andrei Pavel’s team off to a positive start.
“It took me a long time to get used to the balls,” he told www.daviscup.com. “It was not until the third set that I felt completely comfortable.
“Together with the fast court surface, this was not a beautiful tennis match and the points went by very quickly.”
Youzhny found the going even more straightforward against Victor Hanescu, romping to a 6-4 6-2 6-4 win.