(November 15) Serbia and Czech Republic are even at 1-1 at the end of day 1 of the Davis Cup World Group Final in Belgrade, Serbia. Both No. 1 players for their respective countries had easy victories.
No. 2 player in the world Novak Djokovic won for the 23rd straight time since falling to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final in September with a win over Radek Stepanek. The first set provided the only drama of the day when Djokovic was broken in the first set while serving for the set at 5-3.
Djokovic admitted that he was nervous in the first set feeling the importance to win the match over his Czech opponent.
In the second rubber of the day the Czech Republic evened the tie when Tomas Berdych dispatched world No. 117 Dusan Lajovic in Straight sets. Lajovic was a replacement for an injured Janko Tipsarevic.
WORLD GROUP FINAL
SERBIA level with CZECH REPUBLIC 1-1
Venue: Belgrade Arena, Belgrade, SRB (hard – indoors)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) d. Radek Stepanek (CZE) 75 61 64
Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 63 64 63
Ilija Bozoljac/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB) v Jan Hajek/Lukas Rosol (CZE)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) v Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) v Radek Stepanek (CZE)