Davis Cup: Russia’s Safin beats Berdych in opening singles match


Russia’s Marat Safin overcame a two-set deficit Friday to give his country a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup tennis quarterfinals. Safin rallied to defeat Berdych 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Later on Friday Radek Štepánek defeated Igor Andreev later in the 2nd singles match of the best-of-five series to level the series 1-1. He beat his opponent in straight sets 6:3, 6:2, 6:4 .