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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 November, 2003, 13:44 GMT
Davis Cup Final - Australia
AUSTRALIA
Wayne Arthurs and Todd Woodbridge practice in Melbourne
Davis Cup titles: 27
Last victory: 1999
Runners-up: 19 times
Record v Spain: W 3 L 1
Australia go into the final against Spain as favourites, with home advantage in Melbourne giving them the chance to choose grass as the surface.

The hosts have a formidable Davis Cup record, having won the title 27 times and been runners-up on a further 19 occasions, but by their own standrads their recent record is a little worrying.

Defeats in their last two finals, in 2000 and 2001, have sowed seeds of doubt, and the nightmare loss - at home, on grass - to France two years ago remains a sore point.


LLEYTON HEWITT
Age: 22
World ranking: 18
Davis Cup 2003: Won 5 Lost 0
Davis Cup career: W 25 L 6

  • Hewitt will be the centre of attention throughout the tie and it is tempting to believe that the result will depend largely on his contribution.

    He has not played on the Tour since losing to Ferrero at the US Open, remains on bad terms with the ATP, and has put pressure on himself by making the Davis Cup his sole target for the season.

    His ranking has slumped after a poor year, but the 22-year-old is never more fired up than when representing his country and proved his mettle against Roger Federer in the semis.


    MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS
    Age: 27
    World ranking: 9
    Davis Cup 2003: Won 12 Lost 6
    Davis Cup career: W 3 L 1

  • It has been something of a renaissance year for Philippoussis after desperate injury problems that nearly forced him out of the game.

    The big-serving 27-year-old reached the Wimbledon final and returned to the world's top 10, making him the highest ranked Australian following Hewitt's slide.

    Like many players, Philippoussis looked tired in the final weeks of the season but he has the perfect game for grass and will be expected to win two points for Australia.


    WAYNE ARTHURS
    Age: 32
    Doubles ranking: 11
    Singles ranking: 116
    Davis Cup 2003: Won 4 Lost 0
    Davis Cup career: W 10 L 5

  • Australia look to be heavy favourites for the doubles rubber, with Arthurs almost certain to team up with Todd Woodbridge against a scratch Spanish pairing.

    Arthurs has two Davis Cup singles wins under his belt this year, but the doubles victory over Roger Federer and Marc Rosset in the semi-final showed the quality of the Aussie pair.

    He has a big left-handed serve, plenty of experience and a traditional Australian game based around serve-volleying.


    TODD WOODBRIDGE
    Age: 32
    Doubles ranking: 5
    Singles ranking: -
    Davis Cup 2003: Won 3 Lost 2
    Davis Cup career: W 25 L 10

  • Woodbridge made his Davis Cup debut back in 1991 with Mark Woodforde and the junior partner is still going strong.

    He teamed up with Arthurs two years ago and, although their record together only stands at three wins and two losses, they have won on their last two appearances.

    Woodbridge is one title away from becoming the most successful doubles player ever, and that experience should give Australia a huge advantage over Spain.


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