Berdych Stays Perfect Leading Czechs To 2-1 Lead, Now Just Needs To Beat Rested Ferrer For Davis Cup Title Sunday
by Staff | November 17th, 2012, 6:16 pm
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Tomas Berdych is single-handedly carrying his Czech Republic team. Yesterday, in just under four hours he turned away a game Nicolas Almagro in five tough sets. Today, the Czech No. 1 returned to partner with Radek Stepanek to help put his country ahead 2-1 over Spain after a 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the Davis Cup final.

“We know what we are capable to do in Davis Cup,” said Stepanek. “And we also know that the doubles points matter and we played together so many times, so we have all the experience we can have.”

After beating the London finals doubles champions, the Czechs, who have only only Davis Cup title that coming in 1980, now just need one win tomorrow in reverse singles against the mighty Spaniard who are without their ace Rafael Nadal.

“It’s incredible. It’s just one point. We’ll do everything for that,” said Berdych. “I’m ready to do it tomorrow. I’ll try to come with my strong game, and with the crowd on my back, it would be a good combination to make it.”

Berdych, who is a perfect 10-0 this year in Davis Cup play (7-0 in singles, 3-0 in doubles) can clinch it against David Ferrer, otherwise it will come down to Stepanek against Almagro in the decider.

The well-rested Ferrer, a straight set winner yesterday over Stepanek, has won five of eight career meetings with Berdych including four of the last five. But the two haven’t played since Berdych beat Ferrer at the London finals last year. Berdych will enter the match having playing nine of the maximum 10 sets the last two days.

And if necessary, Stepanek does lead Almagro 2-1 in their series but the Spaniard just won on the fast hardcourts at the US Open. Playing on Almagro’s nerves, Stepanek is already setting the stage.

“Yesterday he played very well against Tomas but they already had a point in their locker room so he played very freely,” Stepanek said of Almagro. “When it comes to the last rubber it will be a completely different story.”"

The Czechs were bounced 5-0 in the 2009 Davis Cup final in Spain who have won the title three of the last four years.


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60 Comments for Berdych Stays Perfect Leading Czechs To 2-1 Lead, Now Just Needs To Beat Rested Ferrer For Davis Cup Title Sunday

Wog boy Says:

I am neutral in this one but it is not lost for Spain, not yet. Czech was up 2:1 against Serbia in 2010 SF and yet they lost.
It is obvious they are targeting Almagro, they want to unsettle him, first Berdych now Stepanek, I might cheer Spain because of that, Almagro is a good man. If Ferrer wins I wonder if Almagro can handle the pressure. It will be noisy overthere, that is for sure.


jane Says:

Wog boy, I agree about Almagro; he seems like a good fella. I also agree that this is still wide open. BTW, did you see my referral to Nole/Guga pictures (go to why Nole is #1 thread).


Wog boy Says:

jane,

Thanks, I have seen same pictures on RTS (RTS1) which is Serbian Television site, I don’t know if there is version in English of RTS (Radio Televison of Serbia), they should have one? Both of them, Guga and Nole, looked quite happy and in their comfort zone with kids in Brazil. I will try to look for your one.


Wog boy Says:

jane,

I found it, thanks and just found that Guga beat him 7:6, 7:5 and Nole had big wig Kuerten hairstyle, I wish I could see it, it was packed and lot of fun:) I saw little bit of it on Nole’s site:) Still football to go on sunday.


jane Says:

Wog boy, here’s Nole doing Guga, OMG, so cute!! :) Crowd loved…


jane Says:

Oops! Mods – help, I put my youtube search link and not the link for the vid itself. Sorry about that. :(


the DA Says:

Hehe…Daveed takes the 1st set. Underestimate Ferrer at your peril. so far he’s outthinking and, occasionally, outhitting Berdych.


Brando Says:

Ferrer’s going to win this one!


the DA Says:

^^Looks like it. Almost definitely if he gets the 2nd set.


the DA Says:

Ferrer takes a 2 set lead. He is playing impressively on this fast court. proof that he has evolved from a clay court specialist to an all court player.


scineram Says:

This surface is awesome, maybe only Wimbledon compares. The shots don’t sit up at all, they just fly through the court.


the DA Says:

@scineram – agreed. If they were to use similar surfaces at, say, IW and Toronto/Montreal it would create some more excitement and unpredictability on the tour.


Brando Says:

‘Wog boy, here’s Nole doing Guga, OMG, so cute!! :)’

POOR JELENA!

And dear god, in public too! :-(

I guess Jamie’s psychic did say that this would happen….


the DA Says:

The little beast does it straight sets. Fun match and the best possible ending to a DC final – a decider. Now the world falls on the shoulders of Almagro and Stepanek. Who will rise to the occasion or crumble under the weight of expectation?


Giles Says:

Outstanding performance by Ferrer. Hope Nico can finish the job!! #VamosArmada


Thomas Says:

hope berdych doesn’t go away after this shocking defeat. I have always secretly liked him, even though he can be a complete jerk sometimes…


Brando Says:

How BADLY would it p*** off berdych IF Almagro is the one who steals the biggest title he was ever close to winning!

Oh i can almost imagine the expression on his face.

VAMOS ALMAGRO!


volley Says:

christopher clarey from the NYT times just brought up a good point : “How tough is this tennis era? David Ferrer wins 7 titles and more matches than any man in 2012 and does not improve his ranking.”


the DA Says:

@ brando – quite badly I’m guessing. It seems he’s still in the locker room sulking. I think Stepanek is the favourite to pull off the win (on this surface). OTOH this could be a career defining win for Alamgro, so he will be motivated.


jamie Says:

Bloody Birdshit.


Dave Says:

Almagro did for Ferrer this year what Ferrer did for Nadal at last year’s Davis Cup: exhaust the best player on the opponent’s team in a five setter. Ferrer should have taken Stepanek to four or five sets on Day 1, instead of winning in straight sets.

David Ferrer has been the unheralded backbone of Spain’s Davis Cup teams since he first played in 2006. Ferrer now has won more Davis Cup matches (23-4), played more DC ties (17) and played more DC years (7 consecutive) than Nadal in his career.

How much has Ferrer playing all those Davis Cup ties and matches cost him in terms of critical results on the ATP Tour? That is what Chris Clarey does not tell us.


jamie Says:

Grandpa Stepanek will save the day for the Czechs.

He is playing pathetic Almugro. LOL.


jamie Says:

This is the end of Spain’s domination of the Davis Cup as well as Nadull’s domination of RG, as we will see in 2013. Next year Nole will win AO and RG. You heard it here first.


jamie Says:

2013

Nole will win AO and RG.

Andy will win Wimbledon.

Del Potro will win the USO.

You heard it here first.


Thomas Says:

jamie, is that what your psychic said?


alison Says:

Nostradamos strikes again,a few weeks ago Andy was gonna win two slams next year the AO and Wimbledon,now Novaks gonna win the AO and RG,everybody at the back try and keep up now.


Daniel Says:

Stepanek giving his all and making some sublime volleys. Very entertaining match!


jamie Says:

Fedull are finished winning slams.

You heard it here first.


jamie Says:

Olderer and Nadull will not win anymore slams.

You heard it here first.


jane Says:

Brando “POOR JELENA!” – Erm why?

Be interesting to see what happens here; Steps with the lead but can Nico come back and win 3 sets?


mat4 Says:

As usual, I was wrong. Berdych lost, like always when it matters the most.

Stepanek is my last hope to guess right once in a billion years.


the DA Says:

I think Stepanek has to do it in 4. He is already looking a step slower. If it goes to 5, I think España takes it.


mat4 Says:

Watched some of the fourth set. If Stepanek doesn’t win this… I don’t know what I’ll do. Steps is full of adrenaline, Almagro looks beaten already.


courbon Says:

Jamie, how many ‘You heard it first here’ we get from you?I clearly remember you saying last year that Federe will no win slams anymore (you heardit
first here )and he won…And other times.
You remind me of caracter in Alo, Alo series, always saying:’I will repeat this only once…’


the DA Says:

Stepanek to serve for the Davis Cup.


the DA Says:

And he does it. Well deserved. Credit to the Spaniards for making the Czechs have to fight for it, on their worst surface and in front of a hostile crowd.


jane Says:

That was the exact point at which Nico broke Berd to get back on serve and force a 5th set.

Not today – Congrats to the Czech Republic, holder of both the Fed Cup and Davis Cup this year! Nice to see Steps to get that big clincher of a win, his hugging Nicole, who looked very emotional, was sweet.


racquet Says:

What a year for the Czechs! The Hopman Cup, the Federation Cup and now the Davis Cup. Nice to Lendl crack a huge smile and Jana Novotna dance a jig.


scineram Says:

YESSSSS! Crown achievement for Radek’s career. Fantastic performance. One of the best matches of the year I have seen. Nico remains and always will be a choker.


alison Says:

Congrats to the Czechs,the Spaniards shouldnt be too down hearted after all they have had their lions share,nice when someone else gets their turn.


alison Says:

Courbon hilarious post to Jamie ha ha.


TJ Says:

LOL! berdych was indeed right! guess who the loser in the spannish group was? Great job bird-man! Walking the talk! Loved this weekend.

what a perfect year this has been :) spain has some of the most unimaginative players around. their football team is terrific, but their tennis team really sucks! 0 imagination 0 personality!

I am very glad they lost! We need teams like serbia, czech republic and other nations that have players who are talented to win, so tennis doesn’t end up boring like ping pong!


racquet Says:

I just read that this loss puts Almagro out of the top 10 and moves Gasquet in. It took him over 4 years to get back there. Bet he’s pleased.


courbon Says:

Hi Alison,whats up?I was in London during ATP finals in friends place, so did not really follow a blog much but I really ejoyed matches and obviously very happy for my man…I guess you can not wait for Nadal to come back.I have to say I miss him also-its like New Years eve, without your favorite uncle George on the table…


The Great Davy Says:

Guys. I will win Wimbledon

You hear this first here!


alison Says:

Hi Courbon missed some of the matches myself,was away for most of the week last week family crisis,so didnt blog myself,saw bits of the final great match from both and a much deserved win from Nole,my significant other hates tennis,and wanted to watch York City FC V Wimbledon in the FA Cup,i cant complain i suppose as i watch my lions share of tennis matches to be fair,ill watch it sometime though as i have recorded it,im looking forward to having Rafa back whatever happens,i like and enjoy watching plenty of other players but apart from Rafa and Murray i have no emotional investment in anyone else,so a bit of the edge goes in that sense,yeah like new years eve without Uncle George at the table lol,anyway thanks for those nice words about Rafa,spoken like a true tennis fan,as upposed to a hero worshipper,very well said.


alison Says:

The Great Davy thats the spirit think positive nothing is impossible,dont stop believing.


laslow Says:

Congratulations Czechs!
Richly deserved and won by only two players.


Mila Says:

Sincere congrats to Tomas and Radek! Well deserved and earned. And Tomas was right on regarding Almagro.

Off topic but still entertaining, Novak imitates Kuerten while playing Kueten in Brazil:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij71nenhZpE&feature=player_embedded


Polo Says:

Almagro joins my lists of not-ready-for-prime-time players. Berdych who derided him prior to the DC finals is in that list. Gasquet, too. All very good players who just cannot hack it in pressure matches. That’s is why good as they are, they are not likely to win any of the majors.


Ben Pronin Says:

What to make of Ferrer? His record against the top 10 is interesting. He’s undefeated against players 6-10 but only has 1 win against 1-4. So yeah, his ranking at number 5 makes perfect sense. But is he ready-for-prime-time players? No, not really. I don’t think he’ll win a slam, or make a slam final. But, as he showed this year, quarterfinals and semifinals are within his reach. He is getting older though, so his results could easily drop off. It’s really interesting though. We talk about the big 4, then the lower 4, and so on. But really, there’s the big 4, then Ferrer, then the lower 3 or 4, then everyone else. Ferrer’s etched out his own unique tier.


Brando Says:

ANYONE ELSE here think Spain lost because Corretja made the MISTAKE of NOT playing FELICIANO LOPEZ instead of Almagro.

Reckon feli could have done better than Almagro.


Brando Says:

‘Ferrer’s etched out his own unique tier.’

TRUE, but DEL POTRO could surpass him next season IMO.


Alok Says:

Fantastic win for the Czech Republic, and so happy, happy, for Steps. He lost in doubles at the WTF to Spain, so this was great that he got to avenge that loss.

It’s unbelievable that Steps is so agile at the ripe young age of 34.

It’s so good to see different countries winning DC.


Ben Pronin Says:

Del Potro can’t even beat him when he’s beating Federer and almost Djokovic. Maybe he can pass him in the rankings, but that remains to be seen.


Polo Says:

Ferrer indeed has “etched out his own unique tier”. He serves as the demarcation line between the top 4 and the rest. The top 4 will always have an edge over Ferrer because although Ferrer’s mental part of the game will not take a back seat to them, he is physically not an equal. The top 4 have both mental and physical power. The physical part beats Ferrer. On the other hand, the rest of the players are not mentally as strong as Ferrer, therefore, though they may be physically better, Ferrer has the mental fortitude to nullify that, hence his success with these batch of not-ready-for-prime-time players. There is always an exception: Juan Martin del Potro.


RZ Says:

Brando, no, I think Almagro was the right player to put in. 2 or 3 years ago I’d have said Lopez, but he’s had a dismal year and wasn’t going to change the result in favor of Spain. Verdasco *might* have been a good choice, if only because he’s unpredictable and the good player might have shown up.


Ben Pronin Says:

I don’t see how Del Potro is an exception given he has lost to Ferrer every time this year, including the faster surfaces where he should plow right through him.


Polo Says:

I think that physically, he is better than Ferrer. Mentally, he may be a bit below Ferrer’s level at this time. He seems to have lost some momentum after his wrist surgery but I think he is starting to regain that. I foresee him starting to beat Ferrer in the coming year. Del Potro is lot better mentally than the likes of Berdych and Gasquet, or Tsonga. I did not even mention Tsonga because I don’t think he is good enough to contend all the time the way the top guys do.


Polo Says:

…or maybe I gave del Potro an exemption because he has already won a major and beat Nadal and Federer along the way. That shows both physical and mental toughness. His surgery really stunted his progress.

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