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2016 DAVIS CUP Round 1: RUBBER 4 - Tomas Berdych retires from his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber after losing the first two sets 3-6 5-7 to bring the tie to a fifth rubber on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in Hannover *AS IT HAPPENED*

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM



Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany shakes hands after his match against Tomas Berdych during Day 3 of the Davis Cup World Group first round between Germany and Czech Republic on March 6, 2016 in Hannover, Germany



Davis Cup Blog - Sunday as it happened

Review all the news from a dramatic last day of 2016 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas first round




Coming soon... Germany v Czech Republic


Some big matches coming your way very soon. In Hannover, Philipp Kohlschreiber must beat Tomas Berdych to keep alive Germany's hopes against the formidable Czech Republic Davis Cup machine. On paper Berdych has an 8-1 head-to-head record over Kohlschreiber, who last beat him in 2009. Maybe he can channel his inner Cher and turn back time?



Kohlschreiber * 1-2 Berdych


Over in Hannover, things seems a little more sedate in the opening exchanges between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tomas Berdych. A tough job for the German who is trying to level the tie for the home side against the 2012 and 2013 Czech champions



Tomas takes a time out


Concern for the Czech team. Tomas Berdych has just the left court in Hannover for a medical timeout. The world No.7 was indicating he might have a problem with his left upper thigh. He's just been broken by Philipp Kohlschreiber too in the opening set.


DavisCup.com's Leigh Walsh in Hannover


An interesting start here in the TUI Arena as Kohlschreiber secures the first break of the match to go 3-2 up. The German is looking much sharper than he did in Friday's scratchy win over Lukas Rosol. I'll be honest, I didn't see that break coming. Kohlschreiber spent the first two games on Berdych's serve looping returns down the centre of the court, right into the Czech's hitting zone, but in that game he stepped up. A roaring forehand return winner at deuce gave him a second break point and he duly converted.



Kohlschreiber 4-2 *Berdych


Fans of Tomas Berdych, you'll be eager to know that your man is now back on court. He is still a break down to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first set in Hannover, however.



Kohlschreiber 63 1-0 *Berdych


German hopes remain alive in Hannover as Philipp Kohlschreiber wins the first set against Tomas Berdych, who had an injury timeout after going a break down. Kohlschreiber needs to win this match to keep Germany in the tie against the Czech Republic, lest we forget.



Kohlschreiber* 63 4-4 Berdych


Back to Germany, where the second set between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Tomas Berdych is poised on serve. The Hannover home fans are on their feet, tooting horns and clapping as they urge on their man, who must win this match to level the tie for Germany. Berdych, who beat Kolschreiber in the doubles yesterday, is looking a bit tired but he is also keen on adding to his 50 Davis Cup wins.



Germany 2-2 Czech Republic


More drama in Germany, Tomas Berdych has retired from his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber after losing the second set 75. The world No.7 had a medical timeout after being broken in the opening set, which he lost 63, for a thigh injury and he did look like he was struggling. That means we will go to a deciding fifth rubber in Hannover. Well, why have four rubbers when you can have five?!



Berdych hamstrung


It's been confirmed that Czech star Tomas Berdych retired from his match against Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber because of a hamstring injury.



DavisCup.com's Leigh Walsh in Hannover


What does Kohlschreiber put his improved performance down to? "The speeches in the locker room. They told me, 'Everything is possible. Go out, be very aggressive, no matter who the player is on the court, and don't be the rabbit running around.' I managed that very well."

He also had some words on his young teammate, Sascha Zverev: "I am very positive right now. He is the kind of guy, and has the attitude, to take these kind of moments. I never saw him really nervous. He is very smooth. I am confident he will get the third point for Germany."



DavisCup.com's Leigh Walsh in Hannover


Some words from Tomas Berdych on the injury that forced him to withdraw midway through his match with Philipp Kohlschreiber: "It happened very early, I think it was the second or third game when I ran for a drop shot and then stretched for the passing shot and I felt pain in my right hamstring. The treatment helped for a while, but basically that was it. I knew it wasn't getting better and I couldn't play on the level that I wanted to. There was no chance I could finish the match."



Berdych injury latest


Berdych was due to fly straight to Indian Wells from Hannover. He'll now travel to Prague first to have his hamstring injury assessed there.



 





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