Well, I just can't contain my excitement anymore. I have just seen the last hour of the Hewitt-Ferrero match that decided the 2000 Davis Cup and I had to tell you guys about it!!
First of all, if you haven't seen or don't have this match on tape, GET IT. It's a classic, and I haven't even seen the whole thing!
Of course, I'll skip ahead to the goods stuff--the last game. It was Hewitt serving after breaking back when Juanqui served for the match. Juan Carlos held two match points in the game: the first one he overhit and the second one, he dumped his best forehand shot straight into the net
A double fault by Hewitt gave Juan Carlos a third match point. After a long rally, his backhand crosscourt goes just wide and he sinks to his knees in despair. I think he might have actually cried out, too, berating himself.
A killer forehand crosscourt return gives Juan Carlos his fourth match point. It was just spot on the line and there was nothing Hewitt could do about it. So he serves. He didn't get a first serve in for the entire game, and again, had to serve a second serve.
The rally is long and intense, and it looks like Hewitt has Juan Carlos--Hewitt's storming into court and Juan Carlos just has to sort of throw out a shot--so he sticks his racquet out for a backhand and Hewitt watches it go sailing by because he thought for sure Juanqui would go for the safer cross-court shot!!
AND SPAIN WINS THE DAVIS CUP!
Juan Carlos falls to the ground, immediately in tears. The DC coach runs over and lands on top of him, and his fellow teammates join the pile.
Hewitt walks off court without the customary handshake
Juan Carlos, now standing, is being passed around for hugs and kisses among the team. The coaches and support team for the Davis Cup team are hugging and cheering themselves as Alex Corretja lifts Juanqui onto his shoulders and takes him to the other side of the court to meet King Juan Carlos.
It's an even cuter moment that the picure Mrs. B supplied.
King Juan Carlos was sooooo cute during the match, when Juan Carlos broke Hewitt the first time he jumped up and clapped a like schoolboy
Juan Carlos is let down and he goes to his family, where his sisters immediately clench him and his father, also in tears, gives him a big kiss. Even his grandmother comes down to give him a hug!
The whole stadium was chanting "Fer-rer-o!" and some people were dancing a little and everyone was clapping--except for the whole contingent of Australian fans, but that's okay
I didn't expect to feel such a burst of emotion when I watched this match, since I knew the outcome and even knew the shot he would win it on. But there was still this gasp and sigh of relief, and squeal of happiness when he won!! It's totally the reason that he's my favorite player and it completely lifted my day.
Hewitt had 94 unforced errors to Juan Carlos's ~67
He was also in full asshole mode, arguing with every line call that went against him--or even for him, when he got a chance to replay the point he still went off on the chair umpire.
Kim was there to watch her boyfriend and she looked really nice. She was really stoic in the few shots I saw of her. I'm guessing she served as an emotional anchor for him back then because he was not completely in control.
The name of this thread is a quote from the commentator when Hewitt held break points on the fourth-to-last game (3-all) of the fourth set. Juan Carlos was getting a bit frustrated with himself, but a little glance to his coach was enough to get him to calm down and hold serve. It was a very important hold because Hewitt's serve took a serious nosedive from there.
Ugh, now I feel like I'm babbling. I don't know when I'll get to see the whole match (3:46 long!) but if you have any questions about the last game of the third set on, I'll be happy to answer them