Defending champion Chile defeated Germany 2-1 yesterday to top its group and advance to the final of the World Team Cup.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Dusseldorf:Defending champion Chile defeated Germany 2-1 yesterday to top its group and advance to the final of the World Team Cup. Chile will next face Argentina or Australia, and will be looking to become the first back-to-back champions since the United States in 1984-85. Nicolas Massu was stretched by Rainer Schuettler, taking 2 hours, 19 minutes to claim a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory. Fernando Gonzales then secured Chile's place in the final with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Tommy Haas. Germany won the doubles, as Haas and Schuettler beat Adrian Garcia and Nicolas Massu 7-5, 6-2. Schuettler, the 2003 Australian Open runner-up, was placed under pressure by two early breaks. The first set was decided when he dropped his serve in the third game, and he was broken again in the opening game of the final set. The German also had to fight off a break point at the start of the second set, but he went on to win Massu's serve to love at 5-4 to take the match into a decider. Haas had the opportunity to turn around his match against Gonzalez in the second set when he held a set point at 5-4, but Gonzalez denied him with an ace. In the other Red Group match, the Czech Republic battered Spain 3-0, winning all three matches in a total of 2 hours, 50 minutes. Jiri Novak topped Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (3), 6-1, with Lopez winning only four points in the last six games. Radek Stepanek dominated Albert Costa 6-4, 6-3, with the Spaniard's only break point coming as Stepanek served for the match at 5-2. The doubles lasted just 35 minutes as Novak and Stepanek overwhelmed Galo Blanco and Alex Corretja 6-0, 6-1, with Novak heading the ball over the net to win match point. Australia and Argentina meet in the deciding Blue Group match on Friday. The final is on Saturday. (AP)