• Berdych, Tipsarevic lead Czech-Serbia final

    5/26/12 4:40 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Berdych, Tipsarevic lead Czech-Serbia final The Czech Republic and Serbia will battle for the World Team Cup title on Saturday in Dusseldorf. Singles participants are Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Janko Tipsarevic, and Viktor Troicki.

    Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

    Familiar foes Berdych and Stepanek will be squaring off for the eighth time in their careers at the ATP level and for the sixth time in the last nine months when they kick off the World Team Cup final between the Czech Republic and Serbia on Saturday in Dusseldorf. Tipsarevic leads the head-to-head series 4-3, but Berdych won their only previous clay-court encounter 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 7-6(7) earlier this season in Davis Cup action.

    Berdych is 3-0 so far this week, improving his 2012 record to an awesome 31-8 with victories over Go Soeda, Andy Roddick, and Carlos Berlocq. Tipsarevic boasts the same perfect record, having defeated Lovro Zovko, Alex Bogomolov, and Philipp Kohlschreiber while also losing just one set in the process. Based on a slight edge in current form, look for Berdych to prevail in three sets.

    Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs. Viktor Troicki (SRB)

    One man will have a chance to clinch the championship when Stepanek and Troicki do battle for the seventh time in their careers. Stepanek leads the series 4-2, but they have never met on clay. They most recently faced each other in a 2010 Davis Cup clash, with Stepanek going on the road in Serbia to claim a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 win.

    Stepanek is a disappointing 1-2 so far in Dusseldorf. In between three-set losses to Tatsuma Ito and Leonard Mayer, the 33-year-old Czech hammered James Blake 6-2, 6-1. Troicki had been in a dismal funk throughout 2012 prior to this week, but has compiled a surprising 3-0 record. In fact, the 31st-ranked Serb has not surrendered a single set in wins over Ivan Dodig, Dmitry Tursunov, and Florian Mayer. Troicki in straight sets is the pick.

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Oh, come on you guys, don't let the doubles decide :). Serbia for the win!!!

danica , 5/26/12 8:28 AM

Congrats to Tipsy for the win over Berdych.

schatz , 5/26/12 2:46 PM

and Tipsy just won overall 250 points which is equal to wining a tourney...great job done indeed...

natashao , 5/26/12 3:00 PM

No pity for a fool here. Berdy's over played ala Almugro and Fer'dasco in prior years. At least this could be good for Fed.

chr18 , 5/26/12 4:16 PM

Fed always chooses his draws wisely.

holdserve , 5/26/12 4:19 PM

chr 18, this would turn out to be good for Delpo. Dont know why he even turned out at this tournament. Poor fellow, ruining his chances of having a good run at RG.

abhirf , 5/26/12 4:26 PM

I woke up to this great news!!! Congrats SERBIA!! This is a bit of a consolation for loosing to Czechs in DC.

[Couldn't been happier, Milorad Cavic also won gold on European Championship setting the best time of the season in 100m butterfly :))) ]

danica , 5/26/12 8:22 PM

Berdych knows he has no slam hope, not with Nole and Rafa around. So he is maximizing his points and earnings. Even Davy preferred the certain route of money through smaller tournaments than the uncertain route of Slam glory.

holdserve , 5/26/12 11:36 PM

I don't know, Berdych played great these past few weeks against all the big three. He could potentially reach semis and even finals at RG if everything falls to place for him. That would be a strong run with a lot of points and prize money.

danica , 5/26/12 11:44 PM

Davy also played great in non-slam events. And he played a lot of tournaments.

holdserve , 5/27/12 4:12 AM

If Berdych could reach the Wimbledon final and the FO semifinal, he definitely has the belief that he can win a slam one day. He's playing better this year than his 2010, so I don't see why he would only think about prize money and winning smaller tournaments. He's moving in the right direction in his career and has reached a Masters final (like in 2010 where he reached the Mismi final), so all the more he believes he has chances of winning the slam. He's even so close to beating Nole and Fed now, and given his Wimbledon 2010 victories over these two guys, his confidence should be sky high now.

I believe he had committed to playing the World Group tennis so he didn't want to withdraw at the last minute, and I suppose he didn't expect himself to do so well this clay season. Anyway, how he'll fare during the FO would also depend on his opponents, so we shall wait and see what'll happen.

luckystar , 5/27/12 8:15 AM

I agree with lucky regarding Berdy. I did think he made a mistake in playing this latest tournament right before RG, but maybe it was as lucky said that he didn't want to withdraw at the last minute. I just hope it doesn't cost him at RG. He is playing some of the best tennis of his career now. We've seen players go through this in the past, when they overplayed before a slam and then got knocked out earlier.

I guess we'll have to wait and see how he looks in his first few matches at RG.

Nativenewyorker , 5/27/12 8:38 AM

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