|Posted on March 7, 2010 at 10:25 PM|
Final score 4-1 to Czechs
Lukas Dlouhy won the dead fifth rubber for the visitors in Bree, defeating Christophe Rochus 16 76(3) 75 in one hour, 54 minutes to make the final score 4-1 for Czech Republic.
The hosts scored their only point of the weekend in the dead first reverse singles match. It was clearly a matter of pride as Steve Darcis took two hours eight minutes to defeat Jan Hajek 76(6) 16 64.
Czech Republic took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first round on Saturday.
During the first two days Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych teamed up to devastating effect, winning both singles rubbers and the doubles rubber without dropping a set.
Well Done, Czechies!
Czech Republic d. Belgium 4-1 at Bree, Belgium: Clay (Indoor)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Olivier Rochus (BEL) 6-3 6-0 6-4
Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Xavier Malisse (BEL) 6-2 6-4 7-6(3)
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Steve Darcis/Olivier Rochus (BEL) 7-6(0) 6-0 6-3
Steve Darcis (BEL) d. Jan Hajek (CZE) 7-6(6) 1-6 6-4
Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) d. Christophe Rochus (BEL) 1-6 7-6(3) 7-5
>>>> it will be a quarter-final against Chile
The experienced Czech team of Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych proved too much for Belgium in Bree and beat the home team 4-1 to ease into the 2010 quarter finals. The confident duo - who took their country to the final last year - did not drop a set in all three live rubbers to win with a day to spare finishing in with a 7-6(7-0) 6-0 6-3 win over Olivier Rochus and Steve Darcis.
They will next take on Chile in July shortly after Wimbledon from the 9th tothe 11th July in the Summer.
The Czech Republic are one of just three nations, along with USA and Sweden, that have appeared in the World Group in all but one year.
Chile’s 4-1 home win against Israel was delayed by a day due to the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Concepcion in central Chile. Chilean number one and world number 10 Fernando Gonzalez clinched the tie in Coquimboby beating Dudi Sela 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the fourth rubber, an opponent he had lost to in the same competition three years earlier.