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Saturday, 26 May, 2001, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Aussies take World Team title
Wayne Arthurs, Pat Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt
Arthurs, Rafter and Hewitt ponder their prizes
Australia added the World Team Cup to their Davis Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Russia in Saturday's final in Dusseldorf.

Despite the loss of Pat Rafter through injury, victories for Lleyton Hewitt in the singles and the unheralded combination of Wayne Arthurs and Scott Draper in the doubles gave Australia victory.

"I'm really thrilled how everyone played," said Australia team captain Darren Cahill, who stressed that no-one was looking beyond the tournament to the French Open.

"Australia came here to play their hearts out and to win.

"It's a big tradition in Australia when you play for the Australian flag you give it your all. It's always a thrill to play for Australia and to represent your country."

Scott Draper
Draper recovered to win the decisive doubles
Australia, previous winners of the competition in 1979 and 1999, got off to a perfect start when Hewitt beat Marat Safin 6-3 6-4 in the opening singles match.

Hewitt broke Safin early in the first set and in the seventh game of the second to take both sets with one break of serve.

The Australian, sixth seed for the French Open, set the tone of the match in the first game - serving two aces and making Safin chase his trademark whipped backhands.

Safin, who had looked sharp during the round-robin stages, grew frustrated at a series of unlucky net cords.

After losing the first set 6-3, Safin fought hard in the second, but repeatedly squandered chances to break Hewitt.

The decisive break by Hewitt occurred in the seventh game, prompting the temperamental Russian to hit a ball out of the stadium.


I've played quite a few matches here and my arm is quite sore
  Pat Rafter
Australian hopes were hit when Pat Rafter was forced to pull out of the second singles match with because of inflammation in his right arm.

His deputy Draper proved no match for Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who prevailed 6-2 6-4 to level the match.

Draper hit eight aces against Kafelnikov, but the Russian quickly gained the upper hand by breaking in the third game and again for 5-2. In the second set, just one break for 3-2 was enough to give Kafelnikov victory.

But Draper recovered to team up with Wayne Arthurs in the doubles to pull off a shock 7-6 (7-5) 1-6 6-4 victory over Kafelnikov and Safin.

Rafter opted out of the final to ensure that he is fit for the French Open.

"I'm sorry," Rafter told spectators on centre court.

"I tried in practice today, but I've played quite a few matches here and my arm is quite sore."

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