Austria takes 2-0 lead over Russia in Davis Cup

Andreas Haider-Maurer defeated No. 1 Russian player Alex

Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-2 on Friday to give Austria a

2-0 lead in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Austria needs one more win in the best-of-five series to enter

the quarterfinals of the World Group for the first time since


Russia has managed to win from 0-2 only once, against Germany in


Austria’s leading player, Jurgen Melzer, beat Igor Kunitsyn 6-2,

6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the early match.

The 34th-ranked Bogomolov, who has been living in the United

States since 1992 but opted to play for his country of birth,

looked nervous on his Davis Cup debut. Bogomolov dropped serve

three times in the fourth set and lost the match on his third

double fault.