Ferrer forces Davis Cup down to decider

  • AFP, Prague
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  • Updated: Nov 18, 2012 11:36 IST

David Ferrer kept Spain's hopes of retaining the Davis Cup title alive after beating Czech number one Tomas Berdych in straight sets here on Sunday to draw them level at 2-2 in the final.

Ferrer, the world number five, needed just two hours and 25 minutes to see off sixth-ranked Berdych 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 on the hardcourt of Prague's O2 Arena. The Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek, the world number 37, will now take on Spain's 11th-ranked Nicolas Almagro in the decisive rubber.

Berdych, who played a four-hour five-setter on Friday and the doubles rubber on Saturday, got off to a slow start against Ferrer. The 27-year-old Czech lost his very first serve in the first set and then another to let Ferrer, 30, get ahead without too much trouble.

"He (Berdych) played a lot of matches, he played five sets with Nicolas and four sets yesterday," said Ferrer.

"I played very aggressive, I started really good and that was the key," he added, praising his first serve and forehand.

Ferrer broke Berdych's serve early in the second set for a 3-0 lead that prompted Berdych to take a bathroom break.

 

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