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2014 Davis Cup Quarter-Final: Czech Republic vs Japan without their resp. Number One Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori

Posted on April 4, 2014 at 1:00 AM



DAVIS CUP NEWS


There have been some changes to the Japan and Czech Republic line-ups ahead of the opening rubbers on Friday.


World No. 18 Kei Nishikori was all set to lead the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas charge for the home side BUT he is now out after picking up a groin injury at the Sony Open in Miami. Taro Daniel - with a world ranking of 191 - is in to replace Nishikori.


Sad news for Tomas Berdych fans. The big man is not playing for the defending Czech champs in Tokyo after a hectic few weeks on the tour while Jan Hajek has also had to withdraw because of injury. Remarkably that leaves the Czechs fielding a three-man team.


 

 





Czech Davis Cup team traveled from Prague to Tokyo via Helsinki





Next tie 4-8 April 2014


The Czechs will travel to Japan in the World Group quarterfinals as they continue their bid for a third straight Davis Cup title. They have met twice before in the competition, competing under the Czechoslovakian flag, but have not faced each other since 1935.



Last tie 31 January - 2 February 2014


Czech Republic defeated Netherlands on home soil in Ostrava thanks to Tomas Berdych who helped them overcome the loss of the first rubber with two singles victories either side of a doubles triumph alongside Radek Stepanek to avoid the upset.



History


Following their 2013 victory over Serbia, Czech Republic have now won the Davis Cup on three occasions. The first victory came in 1980, when they played as Czechoslovakia, with the second coming in 2012. They have also finished runners-up on two further occasions, in 1975 and 2009. Along with USA, they have appeared in the World Group in all but one year. Czech players represented Czechoslovakia until 1992, and then Czech/Slovak Republics in 1993.




 

 










sushis anyone?














training hard ahead competition



















The Czech team at the official dinner














The Japanese team at the official dinner

















The traditional gala dinner was held on Wednesday evening














Draw ceremony on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino, the youngest son of Japan's Emperor Akihito, presided over the draw.

 

 






Here's the draw in full:


Friday

R1: Tatsuma Ito (JPN) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)

R2: Taro Daniel (JPN) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)


Saturday

R3: Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Radek Stepanek/Jiri Vesely Lukas Rolsol (CZE)


Sunday

R4: Tatsuma Ito Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

R5: Taro Daniel (JPN) v Radek Stepanek Jiri Vesely (CZE)



 

 




Japanese Davis Cup team
















Czech Davis Cup team
















both teams pose for a photo at draw ceremony on Thursday 3 April 2014
















Prince Akishino of Japan and referee Wayne McKewen












































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