Berdych sends champion Czechs into Davis Cup quarters|
Geneva, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Tomas Berdych beat Stanislas Wawrinka
in Sunday's first reverse singles rubber to give the reigning champion Czech
Republic an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Switzerland in their best-of-five
opening-round Davis Cup tie.
The Czechs settled for a 3-2 victory this week and will visit Kazakhstan for
a quarterfinal in April.
The world No. 6 Berdych was tested by the 17th-ranked Wawrinka en route to a
6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) decision in 3 hours, 15 minutes on the indoor
hardcourt at Palexpo. Berdych broke Wawrinka's serve three times, while the
disappointed Swiss slugger settled for two breaks on Day 3.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and Wawrinka battled in the longest-
ever Davis Cup match on Saturday, when Berdych paired with Lukas Rosol to
outlast a Swiss tandem of Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli in five sets in a
record 7-hour, 1-minute war of attrition, which included an epic 24-22 fifth
Wawrinka extended his run of hard-luck losses this year. He also succumbed to
world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 12-10 in the fifth set at the Australian Open in a
match that lasted 5 hours, 2 minutes last month.
A dead rubber on Sunday saw Swiss Henri Laaksonen beat Czech Jiri Vesely 0-6,
Switzerland played without the legendary Roger Federer this week, as the 17-
time Grand Slam champion opted against playing for his country this time
The Czech Republic, which beat Spain in last year's Davis Cup final, is now
2-1 all-time versus Switzerland and has won the last two meetings.
02/03 12:22:19 ET