Rosol's win puts Czechs in Davis Cup semifinals|
Astana, Kazakhstan (Sports Network) - Lukas Rosol's victory Sunday over Evgeny
Korolev sent the defending champion Czech Republic into the semifinals of the
Rosol's 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 triumph gave the Czechs an
insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie against Kazakhstan. It was the
seventh straight Davis Cup match won by the Czechs and marked the fourth time
in the last five years they reached the semifinals.
Rosol, who moved to 4-0 all-time on clay in the Davis Cup, won his singles
match Friday against Andrey Golubev. Jan Hajek beat Mikhail Kukushkin Friday
before Kazakhstan stayed alive Saturday with a straight-set doubles win from
the combination of Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin.
The sides agreed not to play the final dead rubber.
That Rosol even played at the Davis Cup was special in itself. He traveled 23
hours at the start of the week from Guadeloupe where he played in the Le
Gosier Challenger event.
"It was not easy to travel. Through six airports I traveled here," Rosol said.
"We have a great team around us so they take care of the players. I'm very
happy for the team around us."
The Czechs made it to the semis despite playing this weekend without their
top star, injured world No. 6 Tomas Berdych, who is out with a shoulder
Kazakhstan played in the World Group quarterfinals for the second time in
three years after beating Austria in the first round back in February. The
Kazakhs were swept by Argentina in the 2011 quarters after beating the Czechs
in the first round that year to reach this stage for the first time.
The Czechs will meet the Argentina in the semifinals in September.
The Czechs, who beat Switzerland in the first round in February, toppled
mighty Spain in last year's final in Prague.