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Davydenko beats Chela to lift Russia 1-0

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 21:53 IST

Nikolay Davydenko gave Russia the first point of the Davis Cup final tie against Argentina in Moscow on Friday, beating Juan Ignacio Chela by 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Davydenko, the world number three, won in 3hr 05min to record his first ever victory over the 27-year-old Argentinian, who had won all five of their previous meetings.

"I played very good in the two opening sets," said Davydenko.

"But in the third set I felt myself slightly tired and lost concentration allowing him to come back.

"In the fourth I played well again and was not worried even when Chela broke back. I'm happy to win today and hope I will not have to play on Sunday."

Davydenko started confidently, breaking his rival's serve early to clinch a comfortable 3-0 lead before Chela chalked up his first point in the match.

The 25-year-old Russian increased his advantage with another break in the sixth game to lift himself one set up in 37 minutes.