ATP Tour

Berdych to lead Czech charge

2013-10-31 17:04
Tomas Berdych (AP Photo)

Prague - World number seven Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will lead the Czech Republic when the title holders take on Serbia in the Davis Cup final in Belgrade on November 15-17.

The Czechs will face a tough task in their bid for back-to-back titles, facing second-ranked Novak Djokovic and his team mates in front of the same home fans who roared Serbia to their first Davis Cup trophy in 2010.

"We know we are going on to hot ground, that it will be wild and that we have to concentrate on our performance," Stepanek told a news conference, according to CTK news agency.

"We are going there with a single reason: to win three points."

The 34-year-old Stepanek secured the Czechs' first Davis Cup title since 1980 a year ago in Prague by winning the decisive rubber to lead his team to a 3-2 win over Spain.

Lukas Rosol and Jan Hajek will join Stepanek and Berdych on the Czech squad but team captain Jaroslav Navratil is sure to rely heavily on his top two players again.

The Czech duo played in every live rubber in the title run last year and teamed up for the first time this year to power their nation to victory against Argentina in the semi-final in Prague in September.

Both Berdych and Djokovic will be in action at the ATP World Tour finals in London next week.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Vote

When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.