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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 16:52 GMT 17:52 UK
Philippoussis ends poor run
Mark Philippoussis
Mark Philippoussis posted his first win since January as Australia defeated the United States in the World Team Cup.

The 27-year-old recovered from match point down to triumph 6-7 (1/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4) over Vince Spadea before Lleyton Hewitt beat Robby Ginepri 7-5 6-7 6-4.

Philippoussis was staring at a ninth straight defeat when Spadea engineered match point at 5-3 in the deciding set, but a flurry of aces saved him.

The Wimbledon finalist's last win came at the Australian Open.

In the doubles match, Bob and Mike Bryan earned the United States a point by beating Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley 6-2 6-4.

Argentina, winners of the event in 2002, also got off to a good start with Gaston Gaudio coming back from a set down to beat Martin Verkerk of the Netherlands 4-6 6-2 6-4.

Sjeng Schalken then lost to Juan Ignacio Chela 3-6 7-5 5-7 as the Argentines took a 2-0 lead.

In the doubles, Lucas Arnold and Mariano Zabaleta made it a clean sweep by defeating John van Lottum and Verkerk 3-6 6-3 6-3.




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