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  Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 20:01 GMT
Russia upset France in thriller
Russia beat France 3-2

M Safin bt S Grosjean 6-3 6-2 7-6 (13/11)

Russia's Marat Safin lets loose with one of his powerful serves
Russia's Marat Safin knows he has to win to keep his team in the final despite a partisan Paris crowd

France coach Guy Forget gives Sebatien Grosjean a vital pep talk
Sebastien Grosjean loses the first two sets despite the urgings of the crowd and his captain, Guy Forget

But despite being pushed to a third set tie-break Safin proves too strong and levels the final 2-2

Mikhail Youzhny bt Paul-Henri Mathieu 3-6 2-6 6-3 7-5 6-3

Paul-Henri Mathieu and Russia's surprise choice Mikhail Youzhny
The deciding rubber is a battle between Paul-Henri Mathieu and Russia's surprise choice Mikhail Youzhny

Paul-Henri Mathieu plays his way into a two-set lead
The young Mathieu jumps out to a two-set lead with some fine serving and inspired ground strokes

Mikhail Youzhny returns to level the match at two sets apiece
But the young Russian is made of stern stuff and fights back to level the match stunning the Paris crowd

The Russian team hold aloft the Davis Cup
Youzhny holds his nerve to complete a thrilling upset for Russia who win the Davis Cup for the first time


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