Czech Republic Takes 2-1 Lead Over Serbia in Davis Cup Final

The defending champion Czech Republic beat Serbia in straight sets in doubles to take a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup tennis final.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in Belgrade to leave the Czechs needing one victory in tomorrow’s two reverse singles matches to claim the top team title in men’s tennis for a third time. Serbia must win both matches to capture its second Davis Cup.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the world’s second-ranked player, will meet No. 7 Tomas Berdych in tomorrow’s first match, with Stepanek taking on Dusan Lajovic in the second.

Djokovic beat Stepanek in yesterday’s opening match before Berdych defeated Lajovic.

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