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2014 Davis Cup Round 1 - The Draw Ceremony in Ostrava

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:20 PM



The draw, made in Ostrava’s sprawling City Hall, pitted Stepanek against Haase in Friday’s opening singles rubber, followed by Berdych versus Igor Sijsling. The reverse singles on Sunday will see Berdych take on Haase, before Stepanek meets Sijsling.

 




Tomas Berdych attends the official draw ceremony in Ostrava



World No. 7 Berdych is riding high after reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open for the first time in his career last week. He will be heading into the unknown against Sijsling as it is their first competitive encounter.


“I still have enough time to get kind of a scouting of him,” Berdych said. “It’s going to be another match of playing our first time. I did it a couple of times, especially in Melbourne that I played three guys that I never played, so it’s going to be a similar approach to those matches. Try to be focused especially on myself and try to build up on my strengths.”

 

 




 

 

 

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Draw ceremony in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday, January 30, 2014







 

 

 

 

The full draw is listed below:


Friday

R1: Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED)

R2: Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Igor Sijsling (NED)


Saturday

R3: Lukas Rosol/Jiri Vesely (CZE) v Thiemo de Bakker/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED)


Sunday

R4: Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED)

R5: Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Igor Sijsling (NED)






The Draw Ceremony in Ostrava on Thursday, January 30, 2014






 

 














Davis Cup Officials at draw ceremony. Czech Republic will face the Netherlands in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group.

















Davis Cup team of Czech Republic (L-R) Lukas Rosol, Jiri Vesely, captain Jaroslav Navratil, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek pose for photographers wit the Davis Cup Trophy after the official Davis Cup draw ceremony in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 30 January 2014.



































Davis Cup team of Netherlands (L-R) Jean-Julien Rojer, Thiemo De Bakker, Robin Haase, Igor Sijsling and captain Jan Siemerink pose for photographers wit the Davis Cup Trophy after the official Davis Cup draw ceremony in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 30 January 2014.



 











Davis Cup team of Netherlands seen during official draw ceremony













Davis Cup team of Czech Republic seen during official draw ceremony













Tomas Berdych speaks with Radek Stepanek during the draw for the tennis Davis Cup World Group play-off first round match between Czech Republic and the Netherlands,  in Ostrava, Czech Republic, 30 January 2014.

































 

Berdych Set For Davis Cup Duty


30 January 2014 - ATP NEWS


Two-time reigning champion Czech Republic, once again led by Tomas Berdych, begins its 2014 defence against the Netherlands in Ostrava. The Czech Republic is playing its 200th World Group tie, and is looking to win its 10th straight tie on home soil.


Radek Stepanek, who clinched the Czech Republic’s title last year, will play Robin Haase in the first match Friday. Berdych, a semi-finalist last week in Melbourne, will play Igor Sijsling in their first career meeting.


“It’s going to be another match of playing our first time,” said the World No. 7. “I did it a couple of times, especially in Melbourne that I played three guys that I never played, so it’s going to be a similar approach to those matches. Try to be focused especially on myself and try to build up on my strengths.”

 

 













Czech Davis Cup captain Jaroslav Navratil and Tomas Berdych

 

 












































Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Igor Sijsling 


















Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Robin Haase






 

 


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