September 9, 2008 / 11:00 AM / 11 years ago

Tennis-Russia call up newcomer Kunitsyn for Davis Cup semi

MOSCOW, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev has called up Davis Cup newcomer Igor Kunitsyn for this month’s semi-final tie against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

The 26-year-old Kunitsyn, ranked number 76 in the world, replaces Mikhail Youzhny, who has not regained top form after missing the U.S. Open with a neck injury.

Tarpishchev also included world number six Nikolay Davydenko, 20th-ranked Igor Andreev, Dmitry Tursunov (26) and Marat Safin (39) for the Sept. 19-21 tie on clay.

Tarpishchev has not named the alternate: “We’ll see how everyone is doing before picking the four guys for the tie,” he said.

Russia, who reached the final last year, are bidding for their third Davis Cup title after winning in 2002 and 2006. (Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Sonia Oxley)

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