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06 April 2012

Scoreline was flattering, maintains Berdych

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  • Clive White

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC: Tomas Berdych might have overcome Viktor Troicki 62 61 62 in the opening rubber between Czech Republic and Serbia, but the big hitting world No. 7 explains that the scoreline doesn't reflect the match.

Despite losing just five games, the Czech maintains that he had to be at his best to win three sets against a player of Troicki's calibre.

The Serbian, meanwhile, thinks that it was his worst Davis Cup performance to date and is hoping he, as well as his team, can bounce back.

Janko Tipsarevic is also of similar mind after his toe-to-toe five-set marathon against Radek Stepanek, his "worst performance ever" coming under "difficult conditions" inside the O2 Arena in Prague.

Captains Jaroslav Navratil and Bogdan Obradovic indicate that an appearance from both Tipsarevic and Stepanek could still be on the cards for Saturday despite an exhausting conclusion to the day.

Tomas Berdych (CZE) - 06/04/2012

Viktor Troicki (SRB) - 06/04/2012

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) - 06/04/2012

Radek Stepanek (CZE) - 06/04/2012

Captain Jaroslav Navratil (CZE) - 06/04/2012

Captain Bogdan Obradovic (SRB) - 06/04/2012

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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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