(November 17, 2012) Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek paired on Saturday to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup final in Prague. The pair rallied to stop Spain’s team of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to capture the doubles rubber.
The victory moves the Czech Republic to one win away from capturing its first Davis Cup title as an independent country since 1980 when they were part of Czechoslovakia which split in 1993.
The Spanish pair are fresh off of a title win at the ATP World Tour Finals.
Sunday’s matches will feature Spain’s David Ferrer against Berdych, followed by Nicolas Almagro versus Stepanek, if necessary. Ferrer holds a 5-3 career record against Berdych while Stepanek hold a 2-1 advantage over Almagro head-to-head.
Spain is hoping for its fourth Davis Cup crown in five years.
WORLD GROUP FINAL
CZECH REPUBLIC leads SPAIN 2-1
Venue: O2 Arena, Prague (hard – indoors)
David Ferrer (ESP) defeated Radek Stepanek (CZE) 63 64 64
Tomas Berdych (CZE) defeated Nicolas Almagro (ESP) 63 36 63 67(5) 63
Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE) defeated Marcel Granollers/Marc Lopez (ESP) 36 75 75 63
Tomas Berdych (CZE) versus David Ferrer (ESP)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) versus Nicolas Almagro (ESP)