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France Makes It Into Davis Cup Final For 2nd Straight Year - 2002-09-21

French tennis player Sebastien Grosjean has beaten American Andy Roddick on the red clay of Roland Garros, to send defending champion France into its second straight Davis Cup final.

Grosjean defeated Roddick 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the home of the French Open Sunday, giving France an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. American James Blake defeated Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3 in the dead rubber match, to make the final score 3-2.

France, which now has a 7-7 record against the United States, is seeking to win its first back-to-back Davis Cup titles since 1932. France will face Russia in the finals, after the Russians edged Argentina 3-2 in the semi-final tie in Moscow. Russia's Marat Safin clinched the tie by defeating David Nalbandian 7-6, 6-7, 6-love, 6-3.

There were also a number of World Group qualifying matches, with the winners playing in next year's Davis Cup World Group. Australia shut-out India 5-0 in Adelaide, Germany defeated Venezuela 5-0 in Karlsruhe, and Britain beat Thailand 3-2 in Birmingham.

Elsewhere, the Netherlands defeated Finland 4-1 in Turku, Belgium topped Zimbabwe 4-1 in Harare, Brazil knocked off Canada 4-0 in Rio de Janeiro with the fifth match canceled, Romania topped Slovakia 4-1 in Preslov and Switzerland defeated Morocco 3-2 in Casablanca.