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World Group 1st Round

10 Feb - 12 Feb 2012, CEZ Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic, Hard, Indoor

Team nominations

    • Tomas BERDYCH
    • Date of birth:  17 Sep 1985
    • Singles ranking:  7
    • Doubles ranking:  192
    • Radek STEPANEK
    • Date of birth:  27 Nov 1978
    • Singles ranking:  42
    • Doubles ranking:  34
    • Lukas ROSOL
    • Date of birth:  24 Jul 1985
    • Singles ranking:  27
    • Doubles ranking:  44
    • Frantisek CERMAK
    • Date of birth:  14 Nov 1976
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking:  72
  • Team captain Jaroslav NAVRATIL
    • Simone BOLELLI
    • Date of birth:  08 Oct 1985
    • Singles ranking:  77
    • Doubles ranking:  149
    • Daniele BRACCIALI
    • Date of birth:  10 Jan 1978
    • Singles ranking: 
    • Doubles ranking:  58
    • Andreas SEPPI
    • Date of birth:  21 Feb 1984
    • Singles ranking:  48
    • Doubles ranking:  79
    • Potito STARACE
    • Date of birth:  14 Jul 1981
    • Singles ranking:  149
    • Doubles ranking:  98
  • Team captain Corrado BARAZZUTTI

News from the tie

  • Czechs end Italy's hopes
    Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek once again proved the force in Czech Republic's campaign as they saw off a spirited Italy challenge
  • Czechs cruise into quarterfinals
    Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych combined to put Czech Republic 3-0 up against Italy on Saturday, sealing their place in the last eight
  • Czechs take control in Ostrava
    With a commanding 2-0 lead in their first round tie against visitors Italy the Czech squad could now be forgiven for looking forward to hosting either Serbia or Sweden in April

Photos

  • Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Simone Bolelli (ITA)
  • Czech fans
  • Radek Stepanek (CZE) and Tomas Berdych's girlfriend
  • Simone Bolelli (ITA)
  • Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil (CZE)
  • Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Simone Bolelli (ITA) and Frantisek Cermak (CZE)
  • Frantisek Cermak (CZE)
  • Simone Bolelli (ITA)
  • Simone Bolelli (ITA)
  • Andreas Seppi (ITA)
  • Lukas Rosol (CZE)
  • Lukas Rosol (CZE)
  • Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Potito Starace (ITA)
  • Radek Stapnek, Tomas Berdych (CZE) and Potito Starace, Daniele Bracciali (ITA)
  • Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Andreas Seppi (ITA)
  • Italian Fans
  • Andreas Seppi, Simone Bolelli and Potito Starace (ITA)
  • Draw Ceremony
  • Italian Team and Czech Team
  • Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (CZE)
  • Tie Summary

    Czech Republic and Italy are regular foes in Davis Cup play, having faced each other on no fewer than ten previous occasions. The Czechs lead the series 7-3, although nine of these wins came when they played under the combined flag of Czechoslovakia. The rivalry dates way back to 1928.

    The last time these two nations met, in 1995, the Italians claimed a 4-1 victory in Naples, but the meeting prior to that one, in 1980, was without question the most significant. The occasion was the Davis Cup Final in Prague and this time it was the turn of the Czechs, led by Ivan Lendl and Tomas Smid, to record a 4-1 win. It remains their sole Davis Cup triumph to date.

    Czech Republic will be hoping for a different outcome to 12 months ago when they hosted Kazakhstan in the World Group first round, also in Ostrava, the same stadium as this tie. The newly promoted Kazakhs overturned a 1-2 deficit on the final day to seal a memorable 3-2 victory. Jaroslav Navratil’s men comfortably avoided relegation, however, when they whitewashed Romania 5-0 in Bucharest. With the exception of one season, in 2006, the Czechs have been an ever present nation in the World Group since this format was introduced 30 years ago.

    In contrast, Italy are making their first appearance in the World Group for over a decade after they gained promotion last year with wins over Slovenia 5-0 and Chile 4-1. The tie against Chile would have brought back happy memories for Italian captain Corrado Barazzutti because it took place at the same venue, Santiago’s Estadio Nacional, as the one which Italy lifted the Davis Cup trophy for the only time, in 1976. Barazzutti, alongside Adriano Panatta, was a key player during that title winning season. Italy have also finished runner-up on six occasions.

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  • All-time head to head

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    All-time head to head record

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