Russia will now meet the United States in the final after the Americans clinched their place despite the loss of Andre Agassi, the world No 1, with a pulled muscle. His replacement, Todd Martin, did not let his country down, beating Thomas Enqvist 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 in the reverse singles to seal a 3-1 win.
The victory provided a wonderful redemption for Martin, who not only lost Saturday's doubles with Jonathan Stark, but was defeated in the fifth and deciding match of last year's semi- final in Sweden by Magnus Larsson.
The Germans, who had led 2-0 and also had a 4-2 lead in the fifth set of the doubles, were pulled back to 2-2 earlier in the day when Yevgeny Kafelnikov overpowered Bernd Karbacher, a replacement for Boris Becker, 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.
Becker withdrew with a back injury aggravated from long matches on the slow clay courts in Moscow. That left Stich-Chesnokov as the decider and the Russian eventually gained a 6-4, 1-6, 1-6, 6-3, 14-12 victory after 4 hours 18 minutes of play. Stich, who broke the Russian's service five times in the second and third sets, also served for the match at 7-6 in the fifth.Reuse content