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06 November 2012

Czechs put faith in trusted duo


Photo: Sergio LlameraTomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek (CZE)

Czech Republic have named their team to face Spain in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Final on 16-18 November and it will come as no surprise to learn that the hosts are putting their faith in the tried and tested duo of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

The Czech pair, who between them have been responsible for winning every live rubber in their team's last four ties, are a formidable partnership.

They have an incredible 11-1 win-loss record in doubles, with their only loss coming in the 2009 final against Spain, and the last time the Czechs failed to win a tie when both Berdych and Stepanek were playing was in the 2010 semifinal against Serbia.

They will be supported by Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol, who shot to fame after stunning Rafael Nadal in the 2nd round at Wimbledon earlier this year. Coincidentally that was the last time that the Spaniard was seen in a competitive match.

The Czechs are looking to win their first Davis Cup title as an independent nation and just their second overall. Czechoslovakia's one and only triumph came in 1980 and there are two striking similarities between this year's final and that victory.

The final was played at the Sportovni Hall in Prague (not a million miles away from the venue for this year's showpiece) and the Czechs relied upon two individuals to secure all of the points - Ivan Lendl and Tomas Smid.

It will be an intriguing tie with five of the players in action at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, which further underlines the strength of this year's finalists.

The Spanish have named the quartet of David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, with the latter duo expected to play doubles.

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