The biggest individual success in Philippoussis’ career. It was the last edition of Indian Wells as the Newsweek Champions Cup. In 2000 the event changed its location moving to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden featured by much slower surface, so the Australian took advantage of the faster surface to help himself with his tremendous serve. Moya , who had become the best player in the world a day before defeating Kuerten, raced to a 4:3* (30/15) lead in the 2nd set when Philippoussis  made a slum-dunk smash and the momentum shifted into his favour. The Spaniard had two mini-set points at 4:3 in the 3rd set – Philippoussis fought them off with backhand winner (standing close to the net) and service winner. “I’ve been working hard the last few months, concentrating on the court, just been fighting and enjoying the challenge, I’d have to say,” said Philippoussis, whose 14-2 record was impressive in the first three months of the ’99 season. “I think what’s improved for me is just my self-belief. In the past I would have broken down if it went to five, sort of not gave it to him, but just mentally lost it in the fifth.” The Australian led 3-0 in their H2H meetings, their last three matches won Moya though.
Philippoussis’ route to his 7th title:
1 Bohdan Ulihrach 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
2 Alex Corretja 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
3 Marat Safin 6-4, 6-3
Q Todd Martin 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
S Chris Woodruff 6-1, 6-2
W Carlos Moya 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
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