|Posted on September 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM|
Czech gain the upper handCzech Republic's Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek extended their successful Davis Cup doubles partnership to seven wins in eight rubbers when they overcame Novak Djokovic and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic 36 61 64 61 in Belgrade. The win pushed the Czechs 2-1 in front in the tie ahead of Sunday's reverse singles when the Czech No. 1 Berdych will take on either Viktor Troicki or Novak Djokovic, if he is fit enough to play singles. Stepanek will follow against Janko Tipsarevic.
CZECH REPUBLIC leads SERBIA 2-1
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, Serbia (hard - indoors)
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek have given last year’s finalist Czech Republic the upper hand in its World Group semi-final versus Serbia in Belgrade. The pair recorded its seventh win in eight doubles rubber by overcoming US Open finalist Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 38 minutes. Zimonjic dropped serve on four occasions, including on three straight occasions midway through the rubber.
The Czech Republic, with a 2-1 lead ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles rubbers, will look to Berdych to beat either Viktor Troicki or Djokovic. Stepanek will contest the fifth rubber against Janko Tipsarevic.
Czech team celebration
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"We played as a team today," said Berdych. "I didn't feel that good after yesterday and after we lost the first set, but we had a good atmosphere on the court and I got better and better."
Stepanek added: "I am definitely pleased how we played, we had great team spirit. We didn't go down mentally even after losing the first set. This will surely give us a lot of positive energy for tomorrow."
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