The World number 7 in men’s tennis, Tomáš Berdych, proved key in Davis Cup action at the weekend, helping the Czech Republic win three points against Serbia to put the Czechs through to the semi-final. Although his match against Janko Tipsarevic was a decidedly even affair he held on and at the weekend didn’t lose a single set.
Tomáš Berdych secured the Czech Republic a spot in the Davis Cup semi-finals with his victory over the Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in Prague on Sunday. Berdych won in three tiebreakers, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7), giving the Czech Republic a 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie. The result put the Czechs into the semifinals against Argentina in September. Argentina had clinched a quarterfinal win over Croatia on Sunday.
Serbian tennis player Janko Tipsarevic beat his Czech opponent Radek Štěpánek in a stormy match in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Prague’s O2 arena on Friday. He defeated the Czech tennis star 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 in an intense encounter. Tipsarevic drew Serbia level at 1-1 against the Czechs in their quarterfinal. In the cup, doubles in the best-of-five series take place on Saturday and reverse singles on Sunday. The winner advances to the semifinals in September. The game wrapped up with accusations of improper conduct. The Serbian player was pulled away from the net by his captain following a confrontation with Štěpánek. While the Czech player claims the two merely shook hands, Tipsarevic says that Štěpánek gave him the finger and told him that he stinks.
Czech tennis player Radek Štepánek and his doubles partner Laender Paes have advanced to the title round at the Miami Masters. The duo defeated the top-seeded Bryan brothers of the US in the semi-finals by a score of 6:4, 6:4, and got all the way through the tournament without dropping a single set. They will face Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Belarus’ Max Mirnyi for the championship.
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Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek has reached the second round at the Memphis International tennis event. The 33-year old Czech beat the American Bobby Reynolds 6:3 and 6:2. Štěpánek, who ranks 28th in the international ATP list, will be facing the American Ryan Sweeting in the second round. The winner of the event receives an award of 1.15 million US dollars.
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Petra Kvitová advanced the Czech women’s team into the semi-final of the Fed Cup with a win over Sabine Lisicki in Stuttgart on Sunday, 6:7, 6:4, 6:1. The victory was the latest in a 27 match winning streak indoors for Kvitová, who is currently ranked world no. 2. It was also the sixth win for the Czechs out of seven matches against Germany. The Czech title-holders now have an unsurpassable 3:0 lead over Germany and will next play Ukraine or Italy in the semi-finals at home on April 21-22.
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