In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players win the Karjala Cup for the first time in 18 attempts; Barbora Špotáková becomes Czech Athlete of the Year for the sixth year in a row; the Czech men’s tennis team are preparing to meet Spain in the Davis Cup final in Prague; Viktoria Plzeň go top in the Czech soccer league; and the national team have gathered ahead of a friendly against Slovakia.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych lost to world number one Novak Djokovič 2-6, 6-7 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Friday and was knocked out of the tournament. Berdych needed to win at least one set to keep alive his hopes of advancing and was close in the second set. But he spoilt all three set points and lost in a tie-break. The leading Czech player will now move to Prague to prepare for next week’s finals of the Davis Cup in which the Czechs host Spain.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Wednesday evening to keep himself in with a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stage of the prestigious, end-of-season competition. After losing the first set, Berdych recovered impressively to beat the Frenchman 7-5 3-6 6-1. His next opponent will be world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia. The Czech had lost all three of his previous matches in the UK capital this year.
The Czech men’s tennis number one Tomáš Berdych will lead the country’s team in the upcoming Davis Cup final in Prague. The team will also feature Radek Štěpánek, Lukáš Rosol and Ivo Minář. The Czechs were defeated by Spain in the final of the competition three years ago. This year’s final will take place on an indoor hardcourt at Prague’s O2 Arena the weekend after next.
Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych began well against Britain’s Andy Murray in their round-robin match of the Barclays ATP World Tour finals in London on Monday, but ultimately saw the match slip away. Berdych, who has a good record against this year’s US Open winner and world No. 3 dominated the first set 6:3, but was himself outplayed in the two remaining 6:3, 6:4. Berdych still has a chance to move forward in the prestigious tournament, if he can defeat France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who also lost his opening match against top player Novak Djokovic.
Lucie Šafářová secured the Czech women’s team’s second Fed Cup victory in a row, after she beat Jelena Janković 6-1, 6-1. The Czechs beat Serbia 3-1 on Sunday, with a single loosing match between Petra Kvitová and Ana Ivanović. Both Šafářová and Kvitová won their matches on the first dame of the final. The Czechs won the Fed Cup last year against Russian, receiving thetitle for the first time since the Czech Republic became an independent state. The Czechoslovak women’s team won the Fed Cup title three times in a row in 1983-1985. The Czech men’s team is also in the final of the Davis Cup this year, which they will play against Spain in Prague on November 16-18.
The first day of women’s tennis Fed Cup final in the Czech capital ended with triumph for the home team. The Czech team won both of the Saturday’s matches. Lucie Šafářová beat Serbia’s Ana Ivanović in two sets, 6-4, 6-3. And the eight seed Petra Kvitová was victorious over former top world player Jelena Janković. Although Kvitová was first losing 2-4 to her Sebian rival, she did not lose a single game after that finishing the set 6-4, and the next one 6-1. There were doubts about how well Kvitová could perform in this weekends final, because of an illness she’s been fighting for the past week. But the youngest player in the Czech team did not seem to be struggling with her cold during the game. The final will continue tomorrow with two more singles matches and a double match.
Czech tennis player Lucie Šafařová will be the first from the national squad to take to the court at the weekend in the Fed Cup final against Serbia, being played in the Czech capital. She faces Ana Ivanovič in their singles match at the O2 arena on Saturday. The second match of the day will pit Petra Kvitová against Jelena Jankovič, the draw on Friday determined. The Czechs are the Fed Cup defending champions but could face difficulties; the 22-year-old Kvitová, a Wimbledon champion and the Czech team’s strongest asset, has been fighting an infection which could impact her game.
Tomáš Berdych defeated Italy’s Andreas Seppi 7-6, 6-2 at the indoor Paris Masters event on Wednesday, and advanced to the tournament’s third round. The fifth-seeded Berdych had to overcome some difficulties in the first set but scored five aces in the second to wrap up the match in one hour and 40 minutes. In the next round, the 27-year-old Czech, ranked sixth in the world, will play the winner of the match between France’s Richard Gasquet and Kevin Anderson of South Africa.
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