Host Czechs whip Italians 4-1 in Davis Cup|
Ostrava, Czech Republic (Sports Network) - The host Czech Republic advanced
to the Davis Cup quarterfinals with an easy 4-1 victory over Italy this week.
The Czechs had already clinched the best-of-five tie with a doubles victory in
Ostrava on Saturday, which gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead. On Sunday, a
pair of dead rubbers saw Czech Lukas Rosol overcome Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-3,
6-4 and Italian Simone Bolelli top Frantisek Cermak 6-4, 6-4 on the indoor
hardcourt at CEZ Arena.
The Czech Republic, captained by Jaroslav Navratil, will face 2010 Davis Cup
champion Serbia in April.
Friday's opening singles rubbers featured Czech victories for Radek Stepanek
and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, and Stepanek and Berdych
then followed up their singles victories from Day 1 with a doubles
triumph on Saturday.
The Czechs are to 8-3 all-time against Italy, which captured its lone
Davis Cup title in 1976. The former Czechoslovakia was the champion in this
prestigious international event back in 1980.
02/12 11:47:30 ET