Excitement, suspense starts early at Davis Cup final

Nikolay Davydenko, Russia's top singles player, will be playing doubles in the Davis Cup final. Or will he? Thursday's Davis Cup draw was just the beginning of what promises to be an unpredictable and exciting end to the season.

Originally Published: November 29, 2007
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Suspense is usually the last word associated with a Davis Cup draw, but Thursday's ritual actually held some intrigue.

The week's most spurious rumor -- that Marat Safin would skydive onto the Willamette River waterfront in front of the Russian team's hotel, dust himself off and charge into battle -- proved unfounded. Russian captain Shamil Tarpischev will dance with the four guys he brought.

Another open question was answered by the revelation ...

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