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Berdych, Czech Republic take out Switzerland in Davis Cup

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Associated Press
2/3/2013 10:28:49 AM
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GENEVA -- Tomas Berdych needed only around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka this time, and lift the Czech Republic to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup on Sunday.

Back on court after both played in an epic 7 hours, 1 minute doubles match on Saturday, Czech No. 1 Berdych beat Swiss team leader Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the first of the reverse singles rubbers.

Sunday's match took three hours, 15 minutes -- lasting less than half the time of the longest match in Davis Cup history.

The defending champion Czechs earned a home quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in April.

Berdych was more clinical Sunday, after he and partner Lukas Rosol had needed 13 match points to finish a 24-22 fifth set against Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli.

The sixth-ranked Czech clinched on his first chance when Wawrinka's cross-court shot clipped the net cord and looped wide.

Berdych reeled off three straight points to win the tiebreaker as 17th-ranked Wawrinka seemed poised to force more fifth-set drama.

Wawrinka extended his run of hard-luck losses in 2013, which began against Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. The Swiss lost that fourth-round clash 12-10 in the fifth after 5 hours, 2 minutes.

Tomas Berdych (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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