They faced each other 10 times (Hewitt 6-4), four times in the finals, always creating very interesting matches in them. Ferrero won the first of those finals (3 hours 36 minutes), Hewitt won another three (deciding set was always required). The 21-year-old Spaniard  had a mental advantage over the one year younger Australian  because the pressure was bigger on Hewitt. Rafter was injured on day one, so even if Ferrero had lost to Hewitt, the Spaniards would have been heavy favourites to win the Cup anyway on the home soil (Rafter 1:1 vs Corretja, 0:1 vs Costa in H2Hs at the time). The crucial was set no. 2 – Ferrero saved a double set point in the 12th game on serve, in the ensuing tie-break he trailed 1:3 & *4:5. Hewitt had a long streak of holding between sets 2 and 4 (saved break points in four games), but in the end he was broken twice in a row, in the last game of the final after saving three match points – Ferrero played a perfect BH passing-shot to convert the fourth MP, then sank in the arms of his teammates.
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