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Berdych & Rosol win seven-hour Davis Cup epic


ESPN staff


Saturday, 2 February, 2013


Defending champions Czech Republic kept their hopes of a repeat win alive, as Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol claimed an epic win over Switzerland in the doubles to move them 2-1 ahead.


Davis Cup often throws up amazing feats, but this doubles rubber will go down in history as Berdych and Rosol defeated Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7(3) 24-22 in a match that lasted over seven hours.


The standard was high throughout and it appeared from an early stage as if it would go five sets. But no-one in Geneva could have predicted the drama that was to unfold over seven amazing hours. A partisan Swiss crowd got behind their players in the final set and they staved off 12 match points but the brilliant serving of Berdych and Rosol enabled them to stay in front and as the match ticked into an eighth hour, Chiudinelli double faulted.


Wawrinka will face Berdych in the first of Sunday's singles, ahead of the potential decider between Rosol and Henri Laaksonen.


Berdych said: "I have never played tennis that long. I like it because I now have a new experience but we still need one more point, so let's go again Sunday."