2006 DAVIS CUP
USA v CHILE
JAMES BLAKE v FERNANDO GONZALEZ
6-7, 0-6, 7-6, 6-4, 10-8
Chile's Fernando Gonzalez recovered from two sets down to stun American James Blake 6-7 0-6 7-6 6-4 10-8 in the opening rubber of their Davis Cup quarter-final on Friday.
The 25-year-old Gonzalez staged an extraordinary comeback from 3-5 down in the third set as he seized control of the match from Blake, whipping over huge forehands and looking comfortable around the net on the dry grass court.
The pair played out a tremendous fifth set with Blake squandering a 4-1 lead and Gonzalez then failing to serve out the match at 6-5 when Blake came up with a forehand winner.
The Chilean got into a series of arguments with the chair umpire over questionable over-rules but held his nerve and won the gripping four-hour, 19-minute contest on his second match point when he crushed an ace down the middle.
Gasquet said, "Safin was great, ... I did what I could. I really have very little to reproach myself for. His service is monstrous. He has enormous power and talent. He's a very hard adversary to play against."
The Americans picked the grass surface in order to gain an advantage, but it was Gonzalez who often looked more comfortable as he hit his laser passing shots when Blake approached the net.
Gonzalez served two aces to close out the 4-hour and 20 minute match and then fell on his back with his fists in the air, feeding the hundreds of Chilean fans.