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The captain of the Czech Fed Cup team, Petr Pála, on Wednesday announced the nominations for the upcoming semifinal rubber against Italy. The Czech team includes the country’s top player, Petra Kvitová along with Klára Zakopalová, Lucie Šafářová, Andrea Hlaváčková and Lucie Hradecká. The Fed Cup semifinals are to be played out in Palermo on April 20 and 21.
The Czech Republic have reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after opening up an unassailable 3:1 lead over Kazakhstan in Astana. The Czech team – without the country’s men’s number one, Tomáš Berdych – won the first two singles rubbers on Friday before losing in Saturday’s doubles to allow the hosts back into the tie. However, Lukáš Rosol calmed Czech nerves by beating Evgeny Korolev 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-2 on Sunday. The Czech Republic are the defending Davis Cup champions after taking the trophy in Prague at the end of last year, while the country also holds the Fed Cup.
The Czech Republic are leading 2:1 on matches against Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup. On Friday, the Czechs – who are without the country’s men’s number one, Tomáš Berdych – got off to a perfect start when Jan Hájek and Lukáš Rosol won their singles matches to open up a 2:0 lead. However, in Saturday’s doubles rubber Hájek and Radek Štěpánek were beaten 7-6 6-4 6-3 by Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin. The Czechs are the defending Davis Cup champions after taking the trophy in Prague at the end of last year.
Defending Davis Cup champions, the Czech Republic, are leading in the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan, after Jan Hájek beat Michail Kukushin in three sets in the first match in Astana. Lukáš Rosol added an important second point by defeating Andrei Golubov: the final score was 4:6, 6:4, 6:2, 7:6. In the doubles match on Saturday, Radek Štěpánek and Ivo Minář will play the Kazakhstani pair Yuri Schukin, Evgeny Korolev.
Top Czech tennis player Tomáš Berdych will miss the Davis Cup quarterfinals against Kazachstan next weekend. The 28-year-old player, ranked sixth in the world, said he could not play due to a shoulder injury he suffered during his US tour. The defending champions Czech Republic will rely on Radek Štepánek, who returns after a two-month break caused by neck surgery, along with Lukáš Rosol, Jan Hájek and Ivo Minář.
Tomáš Berdych has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters in Florida. The Czech men’s tennis number one easily overcame Sam Querrey of the United States 6-1 6-1 in just 51 minutes, a contrast with his previous outing when it took him two and a half hours to overcome Colombia’s Alejandro Falla. Berdych will now face Richard Gasquet of France for a place in the semi-finals.
Tomáš Berdych has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters in Florida. The Czech men’s tennis number one had a lot of work to do to get past Alejandro Falla on Tuesday in a match lasting two and a half hours; Berdych went behind to the Colombian after losing the first set 2-6, but rallied to take the next two sets 7-6 and 6-4. The last remaining Czech in the women’s draw, Klára Zakopalová, exited the tournament after a 2-6 2-6 fourth-round defeat to Maria Sharapova of Russia.
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