PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) - The Davis Cup belongs to the United
States for the first time in a dozen years.
The Americans clinched the crown when doubles partners Bob and
Mike Bryan defeated Igor Andreev (an-DRAY'-ehv) and Nikolay
Davydenko (dah-vee-DEHN'-koh), 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 today in Portland,
Oregon. The victory gave the U.S. an insurmountable 3-0 lead in the
best-of-five finals, one day after James Blake and Andy Roddick won
their singles matches.
It's the 32nd Davis Cup title for the U.S., which hadn't won it
since Pete Sampras led a 1995 victory.
The Russians were beaten easily after their captain relegated
the fourth-ranked Davydenko to doubles. Davydenko has been at the
center of an investigation into unusual betting patterns during a
loss to a lightly-regarded Argentine player in August.