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Czechs call upon Stepanek, Berdych for doubles

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 3:13 AM








The Czech Republic has switched players for the crucial Davis Cup doubles match against Spain, with Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych replacing Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek. Stepanek and Berdych both lost singles matches on Friday, giving defending champion Spain a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. But captain Jaroslav Navratil preferred to field the pair, who are 5-0 in doubles play, despite Stepanek losing a grueling five-set match against David Ferrer late Friday. Hajek has a 1-1 doubles record while Dlouhy has never played Davis Cup doubles. Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco will play for Spain.








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