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Berdych sends champion Czechs into Davis Cup quarters

11:07 AM, Feb 3, 2013   |    comments
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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 will face Kazakhstan in April's quarterfinals.

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 only 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, 2-minute war of attrition, which included an epic 24-22 fifth set.

A dead rubber between Swiss Henri Laaksonen and Czech Jiri Vesely is currently in progress.

Switzerland played without the legendary Roger Federer this week, as the 17- time Grand Slam champion opted against playing for his country this time around.

The Czech Republic, which beat Spain in last year's Davis Cup final, is now 2-1 all-time versus Switzerland and has won their last two meetings.

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