Along with Stepanek, the 24 year old has been instrumental to Czech Republic’s campaign this season. He has lost just one match in seven outings and defeated Marin Cilic in a five-set tussle before teaming with Stepanek for a doubles win to clinch his nation’s place in the final. He made his debut six years ago, in Czech Republic’s victory over Thailand in the World Group play-off. The right-hander won his fifth ATP World Tour title at the BMW Open (d. Youzhny) on clay in Munich in May and has reached the quarter-finals at a further four events, including the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (l. to Nadal) – an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati. He has compiled a 36-25 mark on the season.