June 19, 2013
'I'd have preferred Croatia than Argentina,' Czech Republic's captain
Czech Davis Cup’s team captain Jaroslav Navratil praised the "high-quality tennis" his players shown to beat Serbia 4-1 and access the semifinals against Argentina in Buenos Aires, and warned “I’d have preferred Croatia, Argentina playing at home will be hard to beat. But we're only playing in September, and we'll be looking forward to the game.”
Navratil’s comments came after Tomas Berdych put the Czech Republic through to the Cup’s semifinals after beating Janko Tipsarevic in three tie-breaks for his country's third victory on Sunday.
Berdych, the world number seven, beat eighth-ranked Tipsarevic 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (9/7) in three hours and 45 minutes to hand the Czechs an unbeatable 3-1 lead as the teams' number one players clashed on clay at Prague's O2 Arena.
Berdych had to come back in both opening sets and then fought hard in the third to outperform Tipsarevic who took a 5-1 lead in the tie-break.