|Posted on April 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM|
Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol, center, and other team members celebrate their victory over Kazakhstan at the Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Kazakhstan and Czech Republic in Astana, Kazakhstan, Sunday, April 7, 2013.
KAZAKHSTAN 1, CZECH REPUBLIC 3
Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)
Defending champion Czech Republic has won its seventh straight Davis Cup tie after Lukas Rosol won the first reverse singles rubber 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-2 over Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan in three hours and 34 minutes on Sunday. In hitting 31 aces and 61 winners, Rosol gave Czech Republic a 3-1 lead in the quarter-final tie. Rosol, who is now 4-0 lifetime in clay rubbers, also beat Andrey Golubev on Friday. The fifth rubber was not played.
The Czech Republic advanced to the semi-finals for the fourth time in the past five years to become No. 1 in the ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking.