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Davis Cup 2009 QF: Czech Republic 2 Argentina 1

Posted on July 11, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Tomas Berdych is set to face Juan Martin Del Potro on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 01.00 PM (local time)


"I'm looking forward to the match," Berdych said.

"He's the favorite, but we play at home and I'll try to play my best game to complicate things for him."

If it does go to a fifth, look for a possible singles appearance by the knee-injured Stepanek for the Czechs.

Czech Republic 2 Argentina 1

The Czech Republic is one win away from reaching the World Group semi-finals for the first time since 1996 after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek combined to win the crucial doubles rubber 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 over Argentina's Jose Acasuso and Leonardo Mayer in Ostrava on Saturday.

The Czech Republic, who defeated Italy 4-1 to win the Davis Cup in 1980, converted six of 14 break point chances while only surrendering serve once to clinch a 2-1 advantage in the tie after one hour and 50 minutes.

The victory extends Berdych's perfect Davis Cup doubles record to 7-0 and takes Stepanek to a 6-1 mark. The duo was also victorious in the Czech Republic's first-round tie against France, defeating Richard Gasquet and Michael Llodra.

World No. 20 Berdych will have the chance to seal the tie for the host nation when he faces No.5-ranked Juan Martin del Potro in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday. Should del Potro win to draw Argentina level, the tie would be decided in the fifth rubber - featuring Ivo Minar against Juan Monaco.

The victory extended Berdych's perfect record in Davis Cup doubles to 7-0

and adds to his remarkable five-set victory over Juan Mónaco in the tie's opening Friday.


Tomas Berdych aims to clinch the tie for the Czech Republic on Sunday as he faces Juan Martin Del Potro in singles competition. The Czech Republic heads into Day 3 leading 2-1.

Berdych and Del Potro meet for the third time on Sunday, set for the final day of Davis Cup quarterfinals action. The players are 1-1 lifetime against each other heading into their singles rubber. The 23-year-old Czech captured a finals win over the 20-year-old-Argentine at the 2008 tournament in Tokyo. Del Potro evened the head-to-head series at the 2009 Masters Series Madrid when Berdych was forced to retire with injury.

Home nation Czech Republic marches into the first singles rubber of the day holding a critical 2-1 advantage. Berdych earned the first point of the tie Friday afternoon, prevailing in his match against Juan Monaco, 6-4, 2-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. Del Potro leveled the tie, collecting a point for Argentina after downing Ivo Minar in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Berdych helped the host nation regain the lead, teaming with Radek Stepanek in doubles on Saturday to defeat Leonardo Mayer and Jose Acasuso.



Czechs take doubles, lead Argentina 2-1


The team of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych easily defeated Leonardo Mayer and Jose Acasuso 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

"I'm pretty happy with how it went today. We were surprised with the nomination of the Argentinean team but that's their decision. We played a solid match," said Berdych.

"We've always played great doubles matches in Davis Cup, we haven't lost yet," added Stepanek. "We had a great start to the match, broke them twice and won the first set 6-1. We were on top of them and we kept it going until the end of the match."

World No. 20 Berdych will have the chance to seal the tie for the host nation when he faces No.5-ranked Juan Martin del Potro in the first of the reverse singles on Sunday. Looking ahead to the clash, Berdych commented: "Right now, we are in a position where Juan Martin (del Potro) really needs to win this match, if not his team is going to lose. So I'm looking forward to it, I will have the whole crowd behind me and he will need to win."

The tandem of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych lifted the Czech Republic to a victory

in the doubles rubber in Saturday's Davis Cup quarterfinal action

Czechs take 2-1 lead over Argentina in Davis Cup

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