Russian duo Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev battled from a set down to beat Czech pair Radek Štěpánek and Pavel Vízner to lift their side 2 -1 ahead in the Davis Cup quarter-final in Moscow on Saturday. The hosts won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in two hours 58 minutes to make it 2-1 in favour of Russia. On Friday, Marat Safin of Russia battled from two sets down to put his squad into the lead with a win over Tomáš Berdych of the Czech Republic. In the second singles’ clash Štěpánek experienced few troubles beating Andreev in straight sets to level the scores at 1-1. Reverse singles will complete the tie’s schedule on Sunday.
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 .
In Sport News this Monday: the final series playoffs in the Czech ice hockey Extraliga get off to an exciting start, with surprise package Karlovy Vary beating Slavia in Prague in the opening game; goaltender Dominik Hašek (43) wins his third trophy for the fewest goals conceded in the regular season; the Czech men’s team travel to Moscow for a Davis Cup quarter-finals clash; Sparta edge ahead in the Czech football league, with Slavia due to play on Monday evening; and the Czech national team doctor says Tomáš Rosický has come to terms with the
In Sports News this Monday: Czech tennis players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek are through to the fourth round, though Lucie Šafářová has been knocked out; Czech football captain Tomáš Rosický has been speaking about the mysterious injury that has kept him out since January; Bundesliga star David Jarolím is sent off after grabbing an opponent by the genitals; and the first 11 runners to cross the finish line in the Prague Half Marathon are all from Kenya.
One of the world’s most successful tennis stars, Martina Navrátilová, is again a Czech citizen after more than 30 years. The nine-times Wimbledon champion made the announcement to journalists in Tokyo on Tuesday, but stressed that the move would have no effect on her status as an American national, nor was her decision politically motivated, as many had speculated.
Little-known Czech teenager Petra Kvítová stunned top seed Venus Williams in the first round of the Memphis International tournament on Tuesday. The 17-year-old, who is ranked 143rd in the world, beat the world number eight 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 and will now face Brenda Schultz-McCarthy of the Netherlands in the second round. Meanwhile, in the same tournament, Kvítová’s compatriot Renata Voráčová lost her second round match to Olga Govortsov of Belarus 6-4, 4-6, 6-7.
In this week’s Sports News: Czech cross country skier Lukáš Bauer draws closer to victory in this season’s World Cup; Radek Štěpánek loses in the final of tennis’s San Jose Open; Sparta Prague, wearing a special strip, trounce Viktoria Žižkov; and Chelsea keeper Petr Čech will, like Slavia Prague, be cursing his luck against Spurs.
Czech tennis star Radek Štěpánek is through to the final of the ATP tennis tournament in San Jose, California, after beating American Robby Ginepri in three sets. Štěpánek, who is seeded fourth in the competition, will now face the favourite for the title, Andy Roddick, in the final. Štěpánek stands the chance of winning his third career title after putting an end to wild card Ginepri’s hopes, defeating him 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. Ginepri had already caused an upset, beating the tournament’s second-seed, James Blake, in the quarter-finals.
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