The Davis Cup Final encounter between Czech Republic and Spain is levelled at 1:1 after the first day of play.
In the opening match, Spaniard David Ferrer defeated Radek Stepanek in three hard fought sets, winning 6-3 6-4 6-4 to give his country a lead.
Ferrer broke the Czech’s resistance in the eight game of the match and after taking Stepanek’s serve, he closed out the set on his own serve. Although the Spaniard took an early 2-0 lead in set two, Stepanek managed to come back with the help of the home crowd to go 4-3 up. However, as Ferrer broke him once more in game 9, he wrapped up the set with a 6-4 scoreline. The Spaniard continued to dictate the rallies in the third set and after taking a 5-2 lead, the match was practically over.
Tomas Berdych kept his country’s chances alive with a five set win over Nicolas Almagro, prevailing 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3.
In a match that lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes, a fifth set was going to decide the outcome of it. After both players exchanged one break each at the beginning of it, Berdych managed to take his opponent’s serve once more to secure the crucial victory for the Czechs.
With this win, Berdych improved his head to head against Almagro to 5-1 and the Czech remains undefeated in this competition since 2010.
The doubles match is scheduled for today afternoon Prague time (2pm). Ivo Minar/Lukas Rosol will square up against Marc Granollers/Marc Lopez.