Despite Daniil Medvedev's last-minute withdrawal, Russia demonstrated that it is one of the strongest, most fearsome and solid teams on the international tennis scene and are clear challengers for victory in the coming years. Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev gave wings to their hopes with a powerful performance and were one step away from sneaking into the final.
Russia defeated Serbia in the quarter-finals in one of the most dramatic moments of the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, when the fate of both teams was decided on a tie-break in the third set of the doubles. After saving several match points, it was finally the Russians who secured their place in the semi-finals, where they fell 1-2 to Canada.
Did you know?
Russia has won the title twice (in 2002 and 2006) and has been a finalist on three other occasions (1995, 2002 and 2007).
Captain: Shamil Tarpischev
The 'eternal' Shamil Tarpischev is still, at his 70 years of age, in Captain's chair, which he first entered in 1974. Did you know that he holds the record of matches as Davis Cup Captain? And the number, now close to 100, will continue to rise...