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25 October 2012

Final sells out in a day


Photo: Srdjan StevanovicCzech team

The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final has sold out on the same day that tickets were released to the general public.

This year's showdown between Czech Republic and Spain is being contested at the O2 Arena in Prague, which has a capacity crowd of 13,800 and yesterday fans seized the opportunity to see the likes of Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer in action, with tickets disappearing just a matter of hours after they went on sale.

The demand for tennis in the Czech Republic knows no bounds with the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final, which is being played at the same venue, selling out in just six hours last month.

The Czechs will be hoping to make it a double for their country and, if they prove successful in winning both the Fed and Davis Cup titles, they could hold the notable honour of becoming the first nation to have won both team competition titles and the Hopman Cup in the same year.

Not only will the Czechs be buoyed by their vocal home fans on 16-18 November, but they will also be keen to avenge defeat against the Spanish in the 2009 Davis Cup Final in Barcelona.

Both Berdych and Radek Stepanek were part of the team that were whitewashed by Spain 5-0 three years ago but on home soil they will prove a very different prospect. In the likely absence of Rafael Nadal, who is still recovering from a knee injury that has kept him out since losing to Lukas Rosol in the second round at Wimbledon, the visitors will look to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro to help them win a sixth title.

The O2 Arena was built in time to stage the World Ice Hockey Championships in 2004 and has since held major sporting events for ice hockey, basketball and floorball. The venue has also welcomed some of the world's biggest music acts, including Elton John, Coldplay and Lady Gaga.

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