|Posted on February 1, 2014 at 2:50 PM|
CZECH REPUBLIC 2, NETHERLANDS 1
Cez Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won their 10th straight doubles rubber as a pair for the Czech Republic, the two-time defending champion, to take a 2-1 lead against The Netherlands. Berdych and Stepanek saved 12 break points and hit 16 winners fewer than Dutchmen Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer, but did enough to win 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4) in just under four hours. The host nation is attempting to win its 11th straight tie. Berdych is scheduled to play Haase in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday.
Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych, Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer
Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer
Berdych had to be treated for a back problem when trailing 5-4 in the third set but said it was not serious
Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych celebrate after defeating the team of the Netherlands in the Davis Cup double match between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands at the Cez Arena in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on February 1, 2014. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek handed defending champions the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead over the Netherlands after winning the doubles rubber in the Davis Cup first-round tie on Saturday.