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Davis Cup 2009 QF: Berdych gives Czechs the lead

Posted on July 10, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Berdych and Minar will lead Czechs against Argentina

Tomas Berdych and Ivo Minar will play singles matches for the Czech Republic on Friday against the Argentine duo of Juan Monaco and Juan Martin del Potro in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Davis Cup.

Minar is taking the place of Radek Stepanek, who has been bothered by a knee injury and is still on the roster for this weekend's tie. Argentina will play without the injured David Nalbandian.

Berdych will take the court first on Friday against Monaco, while Minar will then face world No. 5 del Potro in the second of the day's two rubbers.


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Davis Cup Czech team at the opening ceremony on Friday, July 10, 2009 in Ostrava


Berdych gives Czechs the lead

Tomas Berdych outlasted Juan Monaco to score a five-set victory in the first rubber of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal tie in Ostrava between Czech Republic and Argentina.

Berdych, who despite a 10-5 record in five-set matches had only won one of his last six five-set matches, battled back to clinch a 64 26 26 63 62 victory and give his team the lead as it looks to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 1996.



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Tomas Berdych has outlasted Juan Monaco 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give the Czech Republic

a 1-0 lead over Argentina in their best-of-5 Davis Cup quarterfinals series


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