|Posted on April 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM|
Berdych will open for Czechs against Serbia
A Davis Cup quarterfinal between the host Czech Republic and Serbia will get underway Friday with a singles rubber between world No. 7 Tomas Berdych and the visitors' Viktor Troicki.
The best-of-five tie will be held on red clay at Prague's O2 Arena.
Berdych-Troicki will be followed on Day 1 by a match between 24th-ranked Radek Stepanek and world No. 8 Serb Janko Tipsarevic.
The Czechs are captained by Jaroslav Navratil, while team Serbia is led by Bogdan Obradovic. The Serbs edged out the Czech Republic 3-2 in a semifinal in Belgrade in 2010.
Serbia is playing without world No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic, who also skipped an opening-round affair against Sweden back in February.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Viktor Troicki
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns a ball to Viktor Troicki of Serbia during the Davis Cup quarter-final tennis on April 6, 2012 in Prague. Berdych won this match 6-2,6-1,6-2.
Scoreline was flattering, maintains Berdych
Tomas Berdych might have overcome Viktor Troicki 62 61 62 in the opening rubber between Czech Republic and Serbia, but the big hitting world No. 7 explains that the scoreline doesn't reflect the match.
Despite losing just five games, the Czech maintains that he had to be at his best to win three sets against a player of Troicki's calibre.
The Serbian, meanwhile, thinks that it was his worst Davis Cup performance to date and is hoping he, as well as his team, can bounce back.
Tomas Berdych gave Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Serbia
Berdych routs Troicki, Czechs lead Serbia in Davis Cup
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Tomas Berdych eased past Viktor Troicki 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup quarterfinal on Friday.
The seventh-ranked Berdych never lost his serve and converted his first match point with a return winner to complete the victory in 1 hour, 49 minutes.
"I did what I could," Berdych said. "When you get prepared well, anything's possible."
Troicki opened the match with a double fault and struggled throughout on a slow indoor clay-court at O2 Arena and lost his serve seven times.
"Obviously, I played bad from the start," Troicki said. "I was too defensive and he gave me no chance to come back. I was really disappointed."
The Czechs played their recent home Davis Cup ties on indoor hard courts but hoped the clay court would work in their favour.
In the opening singles, the change worked.
"The court suits us well." Berdych said. "That's exactly what we wanted."
Berdych dominated his 27th-ranked opponent despite 30 unforced errors to improve to 18-11 in the Davis Cup singles and 3-1 against Troicki.
"The most important (thing) was that I could rely on my serve," he said.
Janko Tipsarevic, who this week reached his highest ranking of No. 8, will play Radek Stepanek in the second singles to try to level the tie.
Tomas Berdych and Czech Davis Cup captain Jaroslav Navratil
Berdych cruises past Troicki in Davis Cup
CZECH REPUBLIC 1, SERBIA 0
Clay, Indoors - Prague, Czech Republic
World No. 7 Tomas Berdych quickly put the Czech Republic on the scoreboard with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Serbia's Viktor Troicki. Berdych hit 44 winners to 30 unforced errors and converted seven service breaks to seal the win in one hour and 49 minutes.
Eighth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic will look to hit back for Serbia when he faces Radek Stepanek.
Berdych blasts Troicki in first Davis Cup rubber