9/14/12 11:22 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych secured a critical point for visiting Czech Republic, having rallied to defeat world No. 11 Friday afternoon. The semifinal tie is level at 1-1 entering into Saturday's doubles match.
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych helped the Czech Republic dig out of a 1-0 deficit following his five-set defeat of world No. 11 Juan Monaco. The 26-year-old trailed by a break in the fourth set before sealing the win in five, 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
After splitting the first four sets, Berdych built a 4-0 advantage in the final set. Monaco broke at 3-5 but was broken straightaway to lose the set, 6-4.
Berdych ended the match with five aces 42 winners and 11 of 15 break points converted.
Argentina and the Czech Republic are tied at 1-1 heading into the doubles rubber. Veteran Carlos Berlocq and partner Eduardo Schwank are scheduled to take on Ivo Minar and Lukas Rosol on Saturday.
World No. 8 Juan Martin Del Potro took the first point of the tie, upending veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets.
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