After a long break, with dark clouds dropping occasional raindrops, the U.S. took charge of the doubles. Pasarell played well, as did van Dillen, and the U.S. won the first two sets 6-3, 13-11. But near the end of the long second set calambre struck again and Pasarell began to limp. Still, the U.S. won the third set 6-4, and the match.
"After I became a cripple," said Pasarell, "Erik played the best tennis he has all week. He knew he had to cover the whole court."
The U.S. was still on the brink but held fast to a filament of hope. It was thought van Dillen could beat Velasco in the first singles Sunday and tie the series at two-all. What seemed doubtful was that Solomon, even without another calambre catastrophe, could beat Molina. But the U.S. team, perhaps remembering Solomon's victory over Juan Gisbert in Barcelona in 1972, could confess to no such doubts. "If we can get to the fifth match I think Solly can do it," said Ralston. "Molina's a hot and cold player." "His best shot is his passing shot," said Pasarell of Solomon. "He makes a guy commit himself, come in to the net and then makes him miss a volley or passes him. I think he's going to be effective."
Which was all academic. On an alternately rainy and sunny Sunday—even the dry season is wet in Bogotá—it turned out not to matter what Solomon did (he lost 2-6, 1-6, 0-6) because the surprising Velasco defeated van Dillen in four sets 6-0, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. There was a delay after the first three sets, made longer by showers, which only prolonged the U.S. agony. Velasco came out and was his usual steady self in the fourth and van Dillen did not help his own cause by double faulting 10 times.
Colombia, which had never played the U.S. in Davis Cup competition before, thoroughly savored one of its greatest victories. The fans spilled onto the court, hoisted Velasco to their shoulders and paraded him around like a victorious matador who had just been awarded Uncle Sam's ears and tail. It was a fine time to be bullish on America—South America.