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Sunday, 1 December, 2002, 15:33 GMT
Gamewatch: Mathieu v Youzhny
All the action as Mikhail Youzhny completes an amazing comeback to beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu and win the Davis Cup for Russia.

Fifth set:
Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 4-6 Youzhny

Youzhny gets away with a backhand drive volley on the first point and moves to 30-0 with a cool smash. A fierce forehand brings up three chances to win the Cup and an overhit service return from Mathieu sparks celebrations from the Russian team.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 4-5 Youzhny
Some wayward shots from Youzhny give a grateful Mathieu two game points and he holds on to force the Russian to serve for the match.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 3-5 Youzhny
Mathieu is put off by fans shouting out during the first point of the game and Youzhny turns the screw to go 40-0 up. He closes out the game with an ace to put Russia four points away from victory.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 3-4 Youzhny
The momentum swings back to Youzhny as he scraps his way to 40-15 and Mathieu hits just long to hand the game to the Russian.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 3-3 Youzhny
Youzhny continues to struggle with his new racket, handing Mathieu two break points with a netted smash. An overhit backhand from the Russian levels the match.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 2-3 Youzhny
Mathieu halts the slide by holding easily to love after Youzhny breaks a string for the second time in the match.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-3 Youzhny
Youzhny seems to have the psychological edge, moving to 40-0 with a blistering crosscourt backhand. Mathieu's confidence is seeping away and he gives up the game with a loose forehand.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-2 Youzhny
Youzhny lets Mathieu off the hook with some more loose backhands but fights back to bring up break point with a sweet forehand pass. Mathieu sends the ball long and, for the first time in the match, Youzhny is ahead.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-1 Youzhny
Youzhny puts himself under pressure with two poor backhands. But he is rewarded for gambling on some big shots as he bounces back to hold serve.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 1-0 Youzhny
Mathieu recovers from the shock of seeing his two-set lead slip away by holding his serve to love.


Fourth set:
Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-7 Youzhny

Youzhny opens the game with a double fault, and a superb Mathieu backhand piles on the pressure. But an incredible backhand on the run from the Russian brings up a set point and Mathieu goes wide to send the match into a fifth set.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-6 Youzhny
Mathieu sees off some early danger with an ace but Youzhny makes it 30-30 with an amazing lob. The Frenchman then nets to hand his opponent break point and Youzhny takes full advantage with a pass down the line.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-5 Youzhny
Youzhny defies the pressure to surge ahead 30-0, but an ill-judged drop shot has Mathieu scenting a chance. The Frenchman claws back to deuce from 15-40 down, only for Youzhny to serve out for the game.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 5-4 Youzhny
Mathieu roars with delight after sending a Youzhny smash back down the line and closes out the game with another great get to force the Russian to serve to save the match.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-4 Youzhny
Youzhny's confidence is at an all-time high as he hammers in a forehand pass to move to 40-0. Mathieu then nets with a backhand and the set is level again.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-3 Youzhny
Instead of accepting his fate, Youzhny goes after Mathieu's serve in a big way. He brings up two break points and needs just one as the Frenchman goes wide with a backhand.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 4-2 Youzhny
Mathieu comes back from 0-30 down to put pressure on Youzhny's serve. The Russian promptly double faults before hitting an attempted pass fractionally out to surrender a vital break.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 3-2 Youzhny
Another blistering passing shot from Youzhny takes him to 30-15, but Mathieu responds and a forehand pass puts him back in front.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 2-2 Youzhny
The volume level rises as a lucky net cord helps Mathieu race to 30-0 on the Youzhny serve. But the Russian saves three break points with some brilliant tennis and takes the game as Mathieu fires long.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 2-1 Youzhny
Mathieu is back on his game as he bombards Youzhny with a barrage of big groundstrokes.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 1-1 Youzhny
Mathieu produces an immediate reply, converting the second of three break points to level it up.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 0-1 Youzhny
The force is with Youzhny as he brings up two break points with a backhand down the line. Mathieu holds his nerve to save both of them but another scorching backhand from the Russian gives him an early advantage.


Third set: Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-6 Youzhny
Youzhny begins the game with a backhand winner and the comeback is on as he closes out the game to love. The decibel level at Bercy is noticeably lower.

Paul-Henri Mathieu hits a backhand to Mikhail Youzhny
Mathieu starts to feel the heat
Mathieu 6-3 6-2 3-5 Youzhny
Mathieu steps up a level, varying his shots well to hold serve without dropping a point.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 2-5 Youzhny
Youzhny comes back from 0-30 down, making the most of a lucky net cord and a mishit lob to move within a game of taking the set.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 2-4 Youzhny
A volley on the stretch takes Youzhny to 30-15 but Mathieu responds with a deep pass. The Russian saves the game with a blistering backhand and his opponent hits long to surrender the break.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 2-3 Youzhny
A forehand winner on the run gets Mathieu pumped up and the Frenchman breaks to love to seize back the initiative.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 1-3 Youzhny
Youzhny wastes three chances to break, but brings up another with a backhand pass and finally comes out on top with a deep winner to fuel hopes of a comeback.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 1-2 Youzhny
Youzhny falls behind 15-30 with an ill-advised drive volley but recovers to take the game.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 1-1 Youzhny
Mathieu replies with an easy hold of his own, underlining his superiority with an emphatic overhead to close out the game.

Mathieu 6-3 6-2 0-1 Youzhny
Youzhny begins the set in more assertive mood, holding his serve comfortably to love.


Second set: Mathieu 6-3 6-2 Youzhny
Mathieu's serve is firing and he cruises through the game to take a two-set lead. It will take a huge reversal of fortune to stop France retaining the Cup.

Mathieu 6-3 5-2 Youzhny
Youzhny saves a set point with a brilliant lob and, despite a wonderful crosscourt backhand pass from Mathieu, holds on to take the game.

Mikhail Youzhny hits a forehand against Paul-Henri Mathieu
Youzhny is being totally outplayed
Mathieu 6-3 5-1 Youzhny
A briefly rejuvenated Youzhny moves 30-15 ahead with perfect drop shot and a Mathieu double fault gives him break point. Mathieu, however, digs deep to take the game with an ace.

Mathieu 6-3 4-1 Youzhny
Youzhny finally stops the rot after losing seven games in a row, restoring a little confidence with a cool drop volley and a rare foray to the net.

Mathieu 6-3 4-0 Youzhny
Tarpischev's decision to play Youzhny looks to have backfired as the Russian loses the game tamely to a pumped-up Mathieu.

Mathieu 6-3 3-0 Youzhny
The match is not hitting the heights of the previous rubber. But the French fans do not mind as Youzhny crumbles again to surrender a double break, smashing his racket against his bag at the changeover.

Mathieu 6-3 2-0 Youzhny
Mathieu worries the home crowd with a couple of loose forehands. But he wins a key point at 30-30 and a netted backhand from Youzhny gives him the game.

Mathieu 6-3 1-0 Youzhny
Youzhny's backhand is starting to misfire badly and Mathieu wins the first of two break points to take a firm grip on the match.


First set: Mathieu 6-3 Youzhny
Strong serving from Mathieu gives him three set points, and the Frenchman punches the air as Youzhny sends a backhand long.

Mathieu 5-3 Youzhny
Youzhny's first double fault brings up a break point, and the Russian compounds the error with a loose forehand to leave Mathieu to serve for the set.

Mathieu 4-3 Youzhny
Mathieu gets back into the rhythm, easily holding serve to edge back in front.

Mathieu 3-3 Youzhny
Mathieu wrongly claims a Youzhny ace has gone out, but the umpire does not agree and the Russian goes on to take the game.

Mathieu 3-2 Youzhny
Mathieu scores with a brilliant crosscourt pass, but a great backhand gives Youzhny two break points. Mathieu then nets to hand the Russian the break.

Mathieu 3-1 Youzhny
Three loose backhands from Youzhny give Mathieu his first break points and the Russian sends a forehand wide to surrender the advantage.

Mathieu 2-1 Youzhny
A lucky net cord takes Youzhny to 30-15 and a backhand pass brings up break point. But Mathieu saves with a pass down the line and two good serves give him the game.

Mathieu 1-1 Youzhny
Youzhny responds with an impressive service game of his own, reeling off four straight points to settle his nerves.

Mathieu 1-0 Youzhny
Davis Cup debutant Mathieu makes a confident start, holding his serve to love in the opening game.


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