Czechs take control

  • Last Updated: February 1 2014, 22:22 GMT

A review of the rest of Saturday's action in the Davis Cup World Group, including Czech Republic's advantage over Holland.

Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych celebrate their win
Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych celebrate their win

Defending champions Czech Republic moved into a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup clash with Holland as Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won Saturday's doubles.

Australian Open semi-finalist Berdych and Stepanek needed almost four hours to see off the stern challenge of Dutch pair Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer in the third rubber of the World Group first-round match in Ostrava.

The Czech pair won 7-5 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4) to leave themselves one win away from victory, having earlier trailed 1-0.

Serbia, last year's beaten finalists, went down 3-0 to a Switzerland team boasting Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer.

Neither were in doubles action, though, the two star names watching on as team-mates Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer defeated Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (7/3) 3-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-2.

The win sent the Swiss into the quarter-finals.

They were joined there by Germany and France, who also both established unassailable 3-0 leads.

Germany knocked out Spain, Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber winning a tight doubles contest with Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6 (7/5) 6-7 (9/11) 7-6 (9/7) 6-3.

The French beat Australia, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beating Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 7-5 in the doubles rubber.

Elsewhere, Japan claimed a priceless lead in their Davis Cup tie with Canada by winning Saturday's doubles rubber.

Japanese tennis' star name Kei Nishikori teamed up with Yasutaka Uchiyama and the duo saw off the more experienced pairing of Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor 6-3 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-4.

The victory moved Japan into a 2-1 lead in the World Group first-round tie and they now need to win just one of Sunday's two reverse singles matches to reach the quarter-finals.

Nishikori will be expected to claim that point when he lines up in the first of those.

Meanwhile, Belgium kept their competition hopes alive when Ruben Bemelmans and Olivier Rochus beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin and Evgeny Korolev to reduce their deficit to 2-1.

Having lost Friday's two singles rubbers, victory was essential for the visitors in Astana on Saturday and they delivered by posting a 6-2 6-7 (4/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4) win.

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