|Posted on February 2, 2013 at 6:15 PM|
Stanislas Wawrinka gave Switzerland a 1-0 lead over defending champions Czech Republic on Friday in the first round of the Davis Cup by beating Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4. In the second singles match, Tomas Berdych was to play 289th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, who is making his Davis Cup debut for Switzerland.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs Henri Laaksonen
Tomas Berdych overcame a spirited performance from Henri Laaksonen to keep the defending champions in the hunt for a spot in the World Group quarterfinals after Wawrinka had given the hosts an early lead. Berdych needed two hours 35 minutes to overcome world No. 289 Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-1.
Tomas Berdych in action against Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland during their Davis Cup world group round 1 tennis match at Palexpo in Geneva on Friday, February 1, 2013. Berdych, who had 50 winners against 23 unforced errors, saw only one break point on the day. He allowed Laaksonen just 11 points in the third set when he won 80 percent of the points on serve.
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Tomas Berdych reacts after winning his match against Henri Laaksonen
Czechs tie Swiss in Davis Cup
Friday, February 1, 2013
Tomas Berdych won his match Friday to bring defending champion Czech Republic to 1-1 against Switzerland after the opening singles.
The sixth-ranked Berdych eased to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory over 289th-ranked Henri Laaksonen on an indoor hardcourt at Palexpo Arena.
Earlier, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka beat Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Roger Federer is skipping the best-of-five series, while Czech veteran Radek Stepanek is sidelined by injury
Tomas celebrates with teammates
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