DUESSELDORF: Argentina's dream team of Gaston Gaudio and Guillermo Canas ended Chile's bid to become the first nation to win a hat-trick of World Team Cup titles with a 3-0 victory yesterday.
French Open champion Gaudio loosened Chile's grip on title by inflicting a 6-4, 6-2 defeat on Fernando Gonzalez before world number 10 Canas sealed the champions' fate with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 triumph over Nicolas Massu in the second singles.
To compound Chile's misery, Guillermo Coria and Juan Ignacio Chela completed the whitewash with a 6-4, 6-3 success in the doubles against Adrian Garcia and Hermes Gamonal.
The Red Group result not only gave Argentina bragging rights over their South American rivals but also secured their passage into the final. They will meet either hosts Germany or Spain for the title tomorrow.
Roared on by chants of 'Ar-gen-tina', Gaudio ensured his team lived up to their favourites billing with an efficient 79-minute display against Gonzalez.
Gaudio's success handed Gonzalez his first defeat in 11 singles matches at the Rochusclub.
“I'm really happy that I broke the record here but my run is finished now,” said Gonzalez. – Reuters