Host-Spain defeated the United States 3-2 in the best-of-five Davis Cup World Group final Sunday, to claim its second-ever championship in the men's team tennis event. More than 27,000 fans celebrated the victory at the Seville Olympic Stadium.
Carlos Moya clinched the title by defeating American Andy Roddick 6-2, 7-6, 7-6 in Sunday's opening reverse singles match. Roddick says it is hard to explain the impact of the crowd.
"You are busy focusing on the task at hand and then you look up and there are people for as far as you can see, you know, just going nuts and cheering and stuff," said Mr. Roddick. "So, I mean, it is one thing to just sit on the sideline, but it is another thing to kind of feel it and be a part of it. This weekend was unlike anything I have ever experienced before."
Roddick battled hard and had chances in the second and third sets. But Moya, the former world number-one and French Open champion, took advantage of his clay court expertise to hand Roddick his second loss in the final. Roddick says he was disappointed not to win either of his matches.
"I will kick myself a little bit, but I have nothing to be ashamed of," he added. "I gave it my all. I prepared myself as best I could. I am obviously upset with myself that I could not get a win. You know, I am not going to walk out of here with my head down, that is for sure."
Moya's victory gave the Spaniards an unbeatable 3-1 lead and sparked wild celebrations by fans. The hosts started the day with a 2-1 lead, and needed just one win in the reverse singles matches to capture the title. For Moya, it was a dream come true.
"Unbelievable feeling and it is great," said Mr. Moya. "I mean, I can not ask for more, and I have no words to describe what I felt today. Since I was on this team this was my biggest goal, and my dream, and today it came true."
American Mardy Fish beat Rafael Nadal 7-6, 6-2 in the shortened "dead-rubber" reverse singles match, to complete the best-of-five series. The U.S. was trying to bring home its 32nd Davis Cup title, which it has not won since 1995. Spain beat Australia in Barcelona to win its previous title in 2000.