9/17/12 3:47 PM | Johan Lindahl
After pacing the Czech Republic into a second Davis Cup final in four editions, Tomas Berdych believes the November final against Spain will depend on the fitness of Rafael Nadal.
The Spaniard has not played in two and a half months and has announced no return date as a knee tendinitis problem takes its time in healing.
"It is an open final, it depends on if Nadal is fit," Berdych said. "But it will be crucial playing in the Czech Republic where we can choose the surface."
Berdych scored three points in the 3-1 semifinal victory in Buenos Aires over Argentina, which was without Juan Martin Del Potro on the final day due to a lingering left wrist injury. World No. 6 Berdych played on the Czech team that lost the 2009 final in Barcelona to Spain.
The weekend result was sweet revenge for the US Open semifinalist, who made the quick change from hard courts to clay in a few days. Berdych iced the Czech win on the final day at the Parque Roca in the Argentine capital, defeating substitute Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 after winning his opening singles over Juan Monaco and playing on the victorious doubles team.
"I'm feeling pretty happy, we have ended Argentina's 14-year winning streak at home," said Berdych. "This is the highest I could get in my career. I'm really looking forward to the final. We'll give our all and it will be good to do that at home.
"We were definitely not the favorites for the tie but it’s not important every time for my point of view," said Berdych. "I was feeling really, really well coming from the States, playing the (Open) semifinals, beating Roger Federer, playing very close match against the winner of the Open, Andy Murray, so I was feeling really good.
"I wanted to show it here that my game is on top and I can play well. I did it, won my two singles, made half a point in the doubles and that’s it, what we needed."
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