Originally created 01/06/02

U.S. loses to Spain in Hopman Cup final



PERTH, Australia -- Jan-Michael Gambill double-faulted on match point against Tommy Robredo, and the United States went on to lose to Spain 2-1 Saturday in the Hopman Cup final.

After winning in singles, Robredo teamed with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to beat Gambill and Monica Seles in mixed doubles 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the title in this Australian Open tuneup.

Sanchez-Vicario also won a Hopman Cup trophy 12 years ago with brother Emilio.

Seles, who won a Hopman Cup for her native Yugoslavia in 1991, gave the Americans a 1-0 lead by beating Sanchez-Vicario 6-1, 7-6 (6). Then the 19-year-old Robredo evened the best-of-three series by rallying to beat Gambill 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

Serving for the match at 5-4, 40-30 in the third set, Gambill double-faulted, then also lost the next point to give Robredo a break point. The Spaniard capitalized, chasing down a drop shot to win the point and make it 5-5, prompting Gambill to smash his racket. They traded service games to force the tiebreaker, which Robredo won easily.