The Czech Republic and the Spain, holding the trophy, were tied 1-1 at the end of the first day of the final of the Davis Cup of tennis, Friday on the surface in the arena of Prague hard before 14,000 enthusiastic spectators.
David Ferrer, World No. 5 and no. Spanish 1 in the absence of Rafael Nadal, injured, has first orbited its own by beating Radek Stepanek in three sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. In the second singles of the day, Tomas Berdych has developed the reason Nicolas Almagro after five races very hung 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.
“I won in three sets but it was pretty tight sleeves. I had the chance to be better than Radek at decisive moments”, said Ferrer, after this meeting of 2 h 58 min.
“David was incredible shots, very difficult flights. My service betrayed me today, I could not support me on my first service to try to dictate the pace of the meeting,”said Stepanek.
Relaxed and very confidently, Almagro, 11th World Player, then made many suffer Tomas Berdych.
But the world no. 5 ended his role of leader Czech at the price of a game almost four hour’s marathon, completed shortly before midnight, with a similar scenario for the first three rounds: one service lost by one or the other player proving decisive.
Well supported by thousands of supporters in blue, red and white, the finalist of Wimbledon 2010 first won the first run, taking advantage of the unique moment of weakness of the Spanish, then betrayed by his first service. But Almagro demonstrated an admirable serenity in winning the second set, thanks to a substantive set of short and impeccable service returns.
The fourth round has proven to be the most contested part, Berdych, who led 3-1, but gave in to the decisive game under the blows of his opponent. But the Czech fought admirably in the final round to equal his country.
“I myself am much complicated the situation in the fourth set where I did a double break”, acknowledged Berdych, embroiled in a visible fatigue.
The double Saturday promises to be so crucial to the outcome of the final. Captain Jaroslav Navratil and Alex Corretja respectively announced the pair Ivo Minar and Lukas aerosol and Marcel Granollers-Marc Lopez. It is believed however that the Czech side, this match will be played by Berdych and Stepanek.
“The double will be very difficult, our adversaries form a very good tandem and will be well rested to the difference of us,” said Berdych.
“But the bottom line is that opportunities are always open and it’s Sunday which will decide,” he said.