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  • Berdych beats Berlocq, puts Czechs up 1-0

    5/24/12 6:02 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych beats Berlocq, puts Czechs up 1-0 The Czech Republic is one win away from the Dusseldorf championship match after Tomas Berdych downs Carlos Berlocq on Thursday. Radek Stepanek can clinch a win over Argentina on Friday.


    Tomas Berdych survived a tough battle with Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-3 at the World Team Cup on Thursday afternoon in Dusseldorf. Berdych prevailed in two hours and 38 minutes to put the Czech Republic ahead of Argentina 1-0 in the deciding match of the Red Group.

    The world No. 7 appeared to be on a much faster track to victory when he turned in a dominant first set. Berdcyh dropped a mere four points in four service games, so two breaks were more than enough for him to get the job done.

    Berlocq fought back in the second. After exchanging early breaks, both players had chances late in the set only to head toward a tiebreaker. The 37th-ranked Argentine rolled through it seven points to two, thus forcing a third and final set.

    With momentum in hand, Berlocq broke immediately and consolidated the advantage en route to 3-1. At that point, however, Berdych woke up and regained control. In fact, the Czech did not lose another game the entire way before clinching victory with a hold at 5-3.

    Both teams are 2-0 overall in the Red Group, so Argentina will have to win both the singles and doubles on Friday in order to advance. Leonardo Mayer faces a must-win situation against Radek Stepanek.



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