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Berdych-Dlouhy team puts Czechs ahead

March 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM   |   Comments

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OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, March 5 (UPI) -- The Czech Republic grabbed a 2-1 edge over Kazakhstan in Davis Cup play Saturday thanks to a doubles win by Tomas Berdych and Lukas Dlouhy.

The pair defeated the Kazakh team of Evgeny Korolev and Yuriy Schukin 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), building on Berdych's singles win Friday over Mikhail Kukushkin.

Berdych, the world's seventh-ranked player, pulled the Czechs even with the victory after Kazakhstan had opened a 1-0 lead behind Andrey Golubev's five-set win over Jan Hajek.

Berdych will try to clinch the round for the Czech Republic Sunday when he faces Golubev in the day's first reverse-singles contest.

The winner will go on to face Argentina in the quarterfinals. Argentina advanced Saturday with a doubles win over Romania.

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