Prague/Belgrade: Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek put defending champions Czech Republic into the Davis Cup final by beating Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in the doubles, in Prague, on Saturday.
World No. 5 Berdych and US Open doubles champion Stepanek defeated the Argentines 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, giving the Czechs an unassailable 3-0 lead in their semi-final and a place in their third final in five years.
On Friday, Berdych and Stepanek had taken the Czech Republic 2-0 ahead, winning the two singles. World No. 5 Berdych overcame a tough challenge from Leonardo Mayer, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the O2 Arena in Prague, after Stepanek had cruised to a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-2 win over Juan Monaco.
In Belgrade, in the other semi-final, Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil subdued Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 10-8 in a rip-roaring marathon doubles, that lasted more than four hours, on Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead against 2010 winners Serbia. On Friday, Serbia and Canada were level at 1-1 after Milos Raonic beat Janko Tipsarevic to regain the balance following Novak Djokovic’s straight-sets win over Vasek Pospisil.