Florian Mayer gave the home team a good head start as he defeated Ivan Dodig in straight sets 6-1 6-1. This was followed by a win from Philipp Kohlschreiber, who dismissed Croatia’s Lovro Zovko 6-2 7-6 (2).
Germany, who are the defending champions here in Dusseldorf, then went on to take the doubles as well, after Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner topped Dodig/Zovko 6-4 1-6 10-3.
Czech Republic are also looking strong and they proved it with a 3-0 victory over the United States.
Tomas Berdych didn’t give his opponent Andy Roddick any chance, sailing to a comfortable 6-1 6-2 win. Unfortunately for the US team, James Blake only managed to equal the number of games won by Roddick as he went down 6-2 6-1 to the Czech Radek Stepanek.
The doubles encounter was a lot tighter, when Cermak/Stepanek needed 1 hour and 42 minutes to defeat the American duo Roddick/Harrison, winning 7-6 (5) 5-7 10-8.