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08 April 2012

Berdych hails hard-fought victory

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  • Clive White

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Tomas Berdych won all three points for the Czech Republic as they scored a 3-1 victory against Serbia in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinal.

Janko Tipsarevic had opportunities to serve for both of the first two sets but Berdych creditted his mental strengths for his remarkable comeback to take them both in tiebreaks. The mental batttle was resumed in the third set when once again it went the distance only for the result to be repeated as the Czech No.1 triumphed 76(6) 76(6) 76(7).

Tipsarevic admitted after the match that while it was not close as he lost without winning a set he should have been capable of pushing deeper into the match, possibly even taking victory himself.

Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil feels that luck was on their side this weekend and he looks ahead to the semifinal weekend tie against Argentina.

Captain Jaroslav Navratil (CZE) - 08/04/2012

Captain Bogdan Obradovic (SRB) - 08/04/2012

Lukas Rosol (CZE) - 08/04/2012

Tomas Berdych (CZE) - 08/04/2012

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) - 08/04/2012

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    • Tomas Berdych (CZE)Lukas Rosol (CZE)
    • Lukas Rosol (CZE)Viktor Troicki (SRB)
    • Viktor Troicki (SRB)Tomas Berdych (CZE)
    • Tomas Berdych (CZE)Tomas Berdych and Captain Jaroslav Navratil (CZE)
    • Czech teamJanko Tipsarevic (SRB)
    • Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
    • Tomas Berdych (CZE)Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

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    O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic

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    Clive White

    Clive started writing about sport at the 1966 World Cup final, since when, he says, it’s been all downhill... for England if not necessarily himself. He joined The Times at 21 before moving to the Sunday Telegraph where he provided worldwide coverage of tennis and football. As ghost writer to John McEnroe for six years, Clive learned that sport, far from being a matter of life and death, was, in fact, much more serious than that.



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