Excitement, suspense starts early at Davis Cup final
Nikolay Davydenko, Russia's top singles player, will be playing doubles in the Davis Cup final. Or will he? Thursday's Davis Cup draw was just the beginning of what promises to be an unpredictable and exciting end to the season.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Suspense is usually the last word associated with a Davis Cup draw, but Thursday's ritual actually held some intrigue.
The week's most spurious rumor -- that Marat Safin would skydive onto the Willamette River waterfront in front of the Russian team's hotel, dust himself off and charge into battle -- proved unfounded. Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev will dance with the four guys he brought.
Another open question was answered by the revelation ...
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DAVIS CUP FINAL
The United States hosts Russia in the Davis Cup final, which begins Friday in Portland, Ore. Russia is the defending champ, while the U.S. is trying to win its first Davis Cup title since beating Russia in 1995.
ScheduleSite: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon
Friday: Singles, 4 p.m. ET
Saturday: Doubles, 3:30 p.m. ET
Sunday: Reverse Singles, 4 p.m. ET
News• Blake, U.S. wrap up title run with win
• Bryans clinch title with straight-sets win
• Roddick, Blake give U.S. 2-0 lead
• Davydenko left out of singles for final
• Barr: Davydenko to turn over phone records
• Safin out of Davis Cup final
• Rosters announced for finals
Analysis• Ford: Total team effort in clinching Cup
• Ford: A luxury few can afford
• Ford: Biggest win of Blake's career
• Ford: Fireworks have already begun in Portland
• Drucker: Q&A with Gorman, Gullikson
• Numbers favor United States in Davis Cup final
• Ford: Russian roster set or is it?
• Drucker: Five great Davis Cup moments
• Ford: Captain America
• Ford: Team USA's camaraderie
• Davydenko's stormy season
Video• Weekend recap
• Cup back in the U.S.
• Roddick, Blake have U.S.on the verge
• Bud's breakdown
• McEnroe excited to face Russia
Photo Gallery• 2007 Davis Cup
Chats• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Saturday
• Bonnie D. Ford chat wrap, Friday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Thursday
• Bonnie D. Ford, Wednesday
• Dmitry Tursunov
• Bonnie D. Ford, Tuesday
Blogs• Top Davis Cup dogs
• Draw could be the key
• Unlimited replay a good thing
• Roddick's real focus