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Old 11-30-2003, 01:02   #1 (permalink)
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What a day for Australian tennis! Philippoussis had an amazing match especially the 5th set where he won it 6-0 despite being in a huge amount of pain.

I'm glad he won as I was able to watch the V8's without flicking between channels.

Well done to the whole team for bring back the cup.






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Scud's cup victory
November 30, 2003

AUSTRALIA today snared their 28th Davis Cup when Mark Philippoussis orchestrated a dramatic and intense victory over Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero.



His enthralling 7-5 6-3 1-6 2-6 6-0 win gave Australia a winning 3-1 lead after the opening day's singles spoils were shared and Todd Woodbridge and Wayne Arthurs won yesterday's doubles rubber.

Philippoussis fought off early nerves, a fearsome comeback from Ferrero and shoulder pain and later said it was the supporters who had carried him to victory.

"If it wasn't for you guys there's no way I would have got through that match, so thank you so much," Philippoussis told the Melbourne Park crowd.

He said he and his teammates, Lleyton Hewitt, Woodbridge and Arthurs had now gelled into a formidable combination.

"Every tie we play together gets better and better and we combine so well - look at my back-up, I had Lleyton coming behind me so how could I lose.

"It's been a long year and this was our goal."

Woodbridge scotched rumours he was retiring after bettering the mark of 28 ties set by Adrian Quist in the 1930s.

"We're going to win again," he said.

Philippoussis early in the match sprayed shots wide of the lines but still managed to capture the first two sets.

Then his serve and volleys deserted him, as he fell victim to double faults and netted returns.

Ferrero produced a fiery third set, breaking the Australian in the second, fourth and sixth games.

He broke twice again in the fourth to level the scores.

Both players received treatment from trainers before the start of the final set but Philippoussis was worked on intensively as he lay on his back beside the court.

He grimaced noticeably on his return but whipped through the set like a player possessed, allowing Ferrero not one game.

Australian captain John Fitzgerald paid tribute to the passion the players and Australian fans had for Davis Cup.

"It is a country like Spain and a country like Australia who believe in the Davis Cup," Fitzgerald said.

"We believe in our sport and the people involved in it and you don't get matches like that without passion from both sides," he said.
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Re: Davis Cup Final

yeah i see we dont have to many followers i watched it in the dying stages etc the last match where he blitz to a 5 love lead and won it was great to grab the cup back and yeah i hope lleyton hewitt(spelling).gets on top again..well done aussies!
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Re: Davis Cup Final

i saw most of the first two sets then thought he had the win easily, i come back an hour later to see philly in big troubles!! it was a typical aussie fightback in the 5th thought he was down and out with a shoulder injury and he just fought on without making a fuss and got the job done. would have been a great match to watch all the way through!!

WELL DONE AUSTRALIA!!
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I am a huge fan of Philippoussis. Great to see he could rap it up. I am more annoyed now that I missed the tennis...it sounds as though it was bloody good to watch..I saw the first set but then had to go to a birthday....and I was more worried about missing the V8s, when in actual fact I missed the tennis and hardly any of the V8s. Great day though...Aussies winning, Ambrose winning, FORD winning!!!!
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Mark will have an MRI on a torn pectorial muscle today. Hopefully it is nothing permanent and he will be back next year.
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