OSTRAVA, Czech Republic, March 7 (UPI) -- A doubles victory by Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek Saturday gave the Czechs a 2-1 Davis Cup lead over France in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil's decision to go with the experience of veterans Berdych and Stepanek paid off, putting his team in position to get a victory Sunday.
"We played an outstanding match," Berdych said. "It's a shame we lost the second set (but) we'd rather play doubles in a singles way and it has worked so far."
Sunday's deciding reverse singles have Stepanek playing Gilles Simon and Berdych against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The eventual winner faces Argentina in July's quarterfinals.
The Argentines have an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Netherlands.