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US - Russia Davis Cup final in Portland

September 27, 2007 18:08 IST

The United States-Russia Davis Cup final will be held at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, the US Tennis Association announced on Wednesday.

The November 30-December 2 competition at the Coliseum, site of the United States' semi-final wins over Australia in 1981 and 1984, marks the first Davis Cup final in the United States in 15 years.

The US, led by Andy Roddick, James Blake and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan, advanced to the final with a 4-1 victory over Sweden last weekend in Gothenburg.

Holders Russia rallied on the final day against Germany in Moscow to win their semi-final 3-2.

The US, 2-1 overall against Russia in the team competition, are seeking their first Davis Cup title since 1995 when they beat Russia in the final in Moscow.

"The stage is set for a memorable event -- a classic match-up between our top American team and the defending Davis Cup champions from Russia," Arlen Kantarian, the USTA's head of professional tennis, said in a statement.

"We expect a pumped up and patriotic capacity crowd in the great city of Portland -- one of the most passionate sports cities in the country."

The United States last hosted the Cup final in 1992 in Ft. Worth, Texas, where Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, Pete Sampras and John McEnroe combined to defeat Switzerland. A 10-year-old Roddick was among the spectators.

"It changed my life," Roddick said of the 1992 final. "It changed the way I viewed tennis, especially the way I viewed Davis Cup.

"It just blew my mind, to see the team that we had there. To be able to see that in that type of setting as a little kid, it definitely made a bit of an impression."

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