Points won by each set: [ 29-12, 29-17, 28-23 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
44 % Russia – 30 of 67
29 % Argentina – 21 of 71

Quite unusual doubles in Davis Cup finals because neither of players was a doubles specialist (no-one with a positive record) # On paper it looked like a 50/50 match-up, but the Russians completely dominated their Argentinian opponents. Tursunov rose to the occasion and he was flawless in the most important moments of the 1-hour 38-minute encounter, his serve was rock-solid (8 aces), his net-play perfect on Safin’s serves, he also contributed to the victory with a few firm forehand passing-shots. The Russians didn’t play even one ‘deuce’ in their 14 service games.

RUSSIA d. ARGENTINA 3-2 at Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia: Carpet (Indoor)
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) d. Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG) 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
David Nalbandian (ARG) d. Marat Safin (RUS) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
Marat Safin / Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) d. Agustin Calleri / David Nalbandian (ARG) 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
David Nalbandian (ARG) d. Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
Marat Safin (RUS) d. Jose Acasuso (ARG) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)

# Their doubles records in the end of careers:
96-120 Safin, 111-128 Tursunov and 49-53 Nalbandian, 82-86 Calleri

From left: Marat Safin, Shamil Tarpischev (cpt), Nikolay Davydenko, Mikhail Youzhny & Dmitry Tursunov

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