World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic dug deep for Serbia to level the score at 1-1 after day one in Prague with a battling 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 victory over veteran Czech Radek Stepanek in five hours and seven minutes. Tipsarevic saved three match points to notch his 32nd singles win in 44 rubbers.
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 in the opening singles rubber. Berdych hit 44 winners to 30 unforced errors and converted seven service breaks to seal the win in one hour and 49 minutes.