|Posted on September 20, 2009 at 12:34 PM|
Mission accomplished... Tomas on Sunday, September 20, 2009
yummy ... it's sundae on Sunday!
CROATIA 1 CZECH REPUBLIC 4
Sunday, September 20, 2009 - Sportska dvorana, Porec (clay - indoors)
Czech Republic wrapped up a 4-1 away win against Croatia to advance to its first Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final.
Lovro Zovko gave Croatia its lone point of the Davis Cup semifinals against the victorious Czech Republic with a straight-set win over Lukas Dlouhy in the final dead singles rubber on Sunday.
Zovko notched a 6-3, 6-4 triumph on Sunday after the Czech Republic's Jan Hajek posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory over Roko Karanusic in the first of the day's matches.
The Czechs earned a 4-1 victory this weekend to advance to the Davis Cup final for the first time as a solitary nation. Twice previously, the former Czechoslovakia reached the final, losing to Sweden and Bjorn Borg in 1975 before a squad led by Ivan Lendl beat Italy in 1980.
It will be a daunting task for the Czechs in December's final with a visit to Spain, which advanced this weekend with a dominating 4-1 triumph against visiting Israel. The defending champion Spaniards have won 17 straight home Davis Cup ties and will have choice of surface -- most likely red clay -- in the title series.
Sunday's reverse singles became meaningless after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek came up with huge efforts over the first two days of play for the Czechs.
Stepanek won the first point on Friday with an epic five-set triumph over Ivo Karlovic. The two slugged it out and split four tiebreakers before Stepanek won the fifth set, 16-14.
After the nearly six-hour marathon, Berdych notched a five-set win over Marin Cilic in the second of Friday's opening singles matches.
Berdych and Stepanek then stepped in for the scheduled doubles team of Hajek and Dlouhy on Saturday and rolled to a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Cilic and Zovko to clinch the tie.