Spain’s David Ferrer stopped the Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 while Tomas Berdych defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to end day one of the Davis Cup final in a 1-1 tie in Prague.
Spain is trying to win its fourth David Cup title in five years while the Czech Republic is trying to win as an independent country since it was part of the former Czechoslovakia.
The doubles rubber on Saturday is scheduled to have the Czech Republic’s Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol face Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. Speculation is that Berdych and Stepanek will play doubles for Minar and Rosol.
WORLD GROUP FINAL
CZECH REPUBLIC level with SPAIN 1-1
Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)
David Ferrer (ESP) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 63 64 64
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 63 36 63 67(5) 63
Ivo Minar/Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v David Ferrer (ESP)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Nicolas Almagro (ESP)