|Posted on March 6, 2011 at 11:40 PM|
CZECH REPUBLIC - KAZAKHSTAN 2-3
The full results are listed below:
R1: Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Jan Hajek (CZE) 76 67 16 76 63
R2: Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 76 62 63
R3: Tomas Berdych / Lukas Dlouhy (CZE) d. Evgeny Korolev / Yuriy Schukin (KAZ) 64 64 76
R4: Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 75 57 64 62
R5: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) d. Jan Hajek (CZE) 64 67 76 60
Kazakstan upset Czechs in Davis Cup
The Czech Republic goes down in defeat at the tennis Davis Cup
The Czech Republic's men's tennis team suffered a stunning upset by Kazachstan in the first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava over the weekend. The Czechs were tied 1:1 after Friday's singles when Jan Hájek lost to Andrei Golubev in his first Davis Cup appearance in front of home audience, and Czech number one Tomás Berdych equalized later that day. On Saturday, the Czechs went ahead after Berdych and Lukás Dlouhý won the doubles but on Sunday, Berdych, ranked seventh in the world, failed to score the key third point and lost to a superb Golubev 5:7, 7:5, 4:6 and 2:6. After the game, Tomás Berdych shared his impressions with the Davis Cup website.
"Anyone who saw the match today could see what was happening. For me, it was a lesson in how to play behind the line in maximum speed. Golubev kept his pace throughout the whole match, and I have great respect for him."
The 2:2 tie was decided in the final singles match on Sunday in which Czech Republic's Jan Hájek faced Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. But the 27-year-old Czech, who currently ranks 98th in the ATP chart, only kept up with the Kazakh in the first two sets; in the third, Hájek went down in the tie break and lost the fourth set 6:0. The Czech team's captain Jaroslav Navrátil said that Radek Stepanek's absence had proved crucial.
"What was important for us in this game was that Radek Stěpánek was injured. He is a top player and without him, our number two and three, they are not really up to the same level. But I hope in the qualification playoff in September, our team will be complete again and that we'll be able to stay in the Davis Cup World Group."