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Spain, Czech Republic Tied After Day 1 of Davis Cup Final

World No. 5 David Ferrer beat World No. 37 Radek Stepanek in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to earn Spain the first point in the Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic.

Ferrer’s steadiness on the baseline and his strong return of serve were too much for Stepanek to handle. The World No. 5 hit four aces, 48 winners, and 30 unforced errors. Stepanek, making frequent trips to the net with mixed success, hit three aces, 35 winners, and 46 unforced errors.

In the second match, World No. 6 Tomas Berdych beat World No. 11 Nicolas Almagro in five sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 to level the tie at one point apiece.

Berdych had caused controversy by calling Almagro the “weak link” of the Spanish Davis Cup team in an interview before the tie. Earlier this year, Berdych refused to shake Almagro’s hand after the Spaniard hit him with a shot at the Australian Open.

Berdych struck 13 aces, 52 winners, and 41 unforced errors to Almagro’s 21 aces, 64 winners, and 53 unforced errors.

The Czech and Spanish doubles teams will face off tomorrow, and Berdych’s win ensured the tie will continue to the reverse singles on Sunday.

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