2004 Davis Cup Final Round
USA v SPAIN
Andy Roddick v Rafael Nadal
6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (6), 6-2
In front of a record breaking 27,000 fans and in front of a what Roddick called a "crazy" crowd, an unbelievable match unfolded. The 18-year-old Nadal was sensational on the slow, red clay on a chilly day at Olympic Stadium. He combined power on his sweeping left-handed groundstrokes with touch on repeated drop shots, prompting Roddick to applaud with his racket. ``I had cramps at one point but I got through it,'' Nadal said. Despite dropping the first set in 71 minutes, Nadal came right back and swept through the second in 34 minutes, breaking Roddick twice. In the 85-minute third set, Nadal failed to capitalize on any of eight break points and was again forced into a tiebreaker. This time he won it, taking the set point on a backhand, crosscourt passing shot. Nadal sprinted through the final set against a dispirited Roddick. Nadal dropped to his back after the winning point, and then rushed to the net to shake hands with Roddick.
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