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Czechs stun Argentina, US stay alive in Spain

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Conjoined twins? Looks like it!Radek Stepanek (second from left) of Czech Republic plays a shot next to teammate Tomas Berdych. Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil replaced his announced doubles pair of Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar with Berdych and Stepanek, a risky move to get an edge going into the reverse singles that paid off.Photo: reuters
Conjoined twins? Looks like it!Radek Stepanek (second from left) of Czech Republic plays a shot next to teammate Tomas Berdych. Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil replaced his announced doubles pair of Lukas Rosol and Ivo Minar with Berdych and Stepanek, a risky move to get an edge going into the reverse singles that paid off.Photo: reuters

Four-time runners-up Argentina lost their doubles clash as well as Juan Martin Del Potro against the Czech Republic while the United States stayed alive in their Davis Cup semi-final against champions Spain.

Argentina’s hopes of making the final suffered a double blow when they slipped 2-1 down to the Czechs and then lost Del Potro through injury.

Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek eased past Carlos Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at a shell-shocked Parque Roca to take their Davis Cup record to 11-1.

World number eight Del Potro withdrew from Sunday’s reverse singles with a wrist injury.

He will be replaced by world number 45 Berlocq in the clash against US Open semi-finalist Berdych, the sixth-ranked player, before Juan Monaco is scheduled to tackle Stepanek.

Bob and Mike Bryan beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 on the clay courts of Gijon as the US cut the deficit to 2-1 against Spain.AFP


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