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Davis Cup 2009 QF: Press Conference on Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Radek Stepanek, Jaroslav Navratil and Tomas Berdych during a press-conference on Tuesday

Argentina faces Czechs on fast court in Davis Cup

The 20th-ranked Berdych was also a member of the squad that lost to Argentina 5-0 in 2005, the only previous encounter between the countries. "We're here to avenge the beating" Berdych said.

It was unclear whether Stepanek, who was eliminated in a five-setter in Wimbledon's fourth round by 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt, could play the opening singles after he complained of problems with a thigh muscle and his knee. "I can't imagine we would be without Radek" Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil said. The Czech team also includes Ivo Minar and Lukas Dlouhy.


After finished runner-up last year, Argentina defeated the Netherlands in the first round, while the Czechs, seeking to reach their first semis since 1996, upset France 3-2.


Argentina has to do without the 16th-ranked Nalbandian, who is recovering from hip surgery that forced him to miss Wimbledon and ruled him out of the U.S. Open. Leonardo Mayer replaced Nalbandian on the Argentine team, which also includes Jose Acasuso and Juan Monaco.

Argentina captain Modesto Vazquez did not reveal Tuesday who will join Del Potro in the opening  singles on Friday. "We are here to give a good show and try our best" Vazquez said.


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