In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic beat Chile to reach the semi-finals of tennis’s Davis Cup, but will face a sterner test against Novak Djokovic and his Serbian team-mates in September; Roman Kreuziger can enjoy a rest day in the Tour de France after finishing fourth in the first Alpine stage on Sunday; and the Czech football season begins with a piquant game in Prague’s Vršovice district.
The Czech Republic has secured a place in the Davis cup semifinals after taking a 3: 0 lead against Chile on Saturday. Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý got the all important third point in the doubles against Nicolas Massu and Jorge Aguilar. The score was 7:6, 6:3, 3:6, 6:3. Ivo Minář and Hájek earlier won their opening singles. The Czech squad was dubbed a ‘B’ team given the absence of top singles players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek. The Czechs are now set up in September to play Serbia which won its tie against Croatia.
The Czech Republic has taken a shock 2: 0 lead in the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Chile following the opening singles. Ivo Minář beat Nicolas Massu 6:0, 6:2, 6:3. That was followed by a straight sets win by Jan Hájek against Paul Capdeville 6:0, 6:2, 6:1. The Czechs have a chance to clinch the tie in the doubles game on Saturday which pits Lukáš Dlouhý and Hájek against Jorge Aguilar and Capdeville. The Czech squad was dubbed a ‘B’ team given the absence of top singles players Tomáš Berdych and Radek Štěpánek.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych came close to his first Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon as he faced world’s number one, Rafael Nadal, in Sunday’s final. But the Spaniard outclassed the Czech underdog and wrapped up the match in just three sets, spoiling Berdych’s hopes of becoming the first Czech since 1973 to win the tournament.
In related news, Tomáš Berdych moved up to world number eight in ATP ranking on Monday, following his run to the Wimbledon final. The 24-year-old player lost to world’s number one, Rafael Nadal, in Sunday’s final but moved from number 13 top his best ATP ranking ever. Czech Petra Kvitová, who lost to Serena Williams in the tournament’s semi-finals, also moved up to world no. 29 in WTA rankings, a jump by 33 spots.
Czech number one Tomáš Berdych said he would not join the Czech Davis Cup team to play the cup’s quarter-finals against Chile. Berdych, who lost to Rafael Nadal at the Wimbledon’s finals on Sunday, said he would not benefit the team, quoting muscle injuries. He will be replaced by Ivo Minář, ranked 225th.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych lost the men’s singles final at Wimbledon on Sunday to world number one Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. It was the first time a Czech player has reached the grass court championship since Ivan Lendl did so twice in 1986 and ’87. The 24-year-old Czech and 12th seed nonetheless exceeded expectations in the tournament, first defeating six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and number three ranked Novak Djokovic in the semis. Despite the defeat, Berdych still moves up the ladder to eighth place on Monday. The last Czech Wimbledon champion was Jan Kodeš in 1973.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych is preparing for his first Wimbledon finals match after defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Friday. The 24-year-old said on Saturday that reaching the final was the fulfilment of a dream, and that he would enjoy his victory for the day and get a good sleep before getting ready for the championship match on Sunday, in which he will be pitted against world number one Rafael Nadal. Berdych is the first Czech to reach the final at Wimbledon since Ivan Lendl in 1987.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych has defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in straight sets to book a place in his first ever Wimbledon final. The Czech showed top form to take the match, winning 6:3, 7:6; 6:3 but had to fight out a tough tiebreak at the end of second, when it appeared Djokovic would make a masterful comeback saving four set points in a row. Berdych is the first Czech in 23 years to reach the final at Wimbledon: in 1987, it was Ivan Lendl. The 24-year-old player will face either Andy Murray of Great Britain or Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the championship match.
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