2009 has been a rather mixed year for Czech sport. Perhaps the biggest single story was the national soccer team’s failure to reach the World Cup, despite having a relatively easy group on paper. The Czech men’s tennis team, meanwhile, went on a remarkable run in the Davis Cup, only to lose to Spain in the final. And in athletics, Barbora Špotáková took the Czech Republic’s only medal, silver in the women’s javelin, at the Athletics World Championships in Berlin.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s tennis player of the year is…the country’s whole Davis Cup team; the Czech women’s floorball team reach the last four at the World Championship for the first time, but come home empty handed; speed skater Martina Sáblíková wins a World Cup 3000m race in her second best time; and Sparta and Slavia face their last games of 2009 in football’s Europa League, though only the former have something to play for.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs lose 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona – Radek Štěpánek says the Spanish deserved their victory; injury-dogged Tomáš Rosický is “devastated” after picking up a groin strain that will see him sidelined for around a month; and Plzeň move to the top of the ice hockey Extraliga.
The Czech men’s tennis team failed to repeat the success of Czechoslovakia in the Davis Cup in 1980, losing 5:0 to Spain in the final in Barcelona at the weekend. Things started poorly when Tomáš Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal, and got worse when David Ferrer dispatched the Czechs’ other star name, Radek Štěpánek. When that pairing lost to Spain in Saturday’s doubles, it was all over, and the Czech coach gave a run to the relatively inexperienced Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý for the two remaining matches on Sunday.
The Czech men’s tennis team lost 5:0 to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup. in Barcelona. On Friday the Czechs fell 2:0 behind when Tomáš Berdych was beaten by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer overcame Radek Štěpánek. When Berdych and Štěpánek lost in Saturday’s doubles to Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco the Spaniards opened up an unassailable 3:0 lead in the best of five contest. On Sunday, the Czechs fielded Jan Hájek and Lukáš Dlouhý in place of their top two players and both were defeated, leaving Spain, the defending champions, 5:0 winners.
The Czech men’s tennis team have lost to Spain in the final of the Davis Cup in Barcelona. On Friday the Czechs fell 2:0 behind on matches when Tomáš Berdych was beaten by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer overcame Radek Štěpánek. That meant that Berdych and Štěpánek needed to win the doubles rubber on Saturday in order to keep Czech hopes of winning the tournament alive. However, Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco took the match in three sets, giving Spain an unassailable lead in the best-of-five final. The Czechs last won the Davis Cup in 1980, when their country was part of Czechoslovakia.
Czech Tomáš Berdych lost 5:7, 0:6 and 2:6 to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in
the Davis Cup final in Barcelona on Friday. Berdych did not surprise the
strong favourite and world number two Nadal and only put up little
In the other single scheduled for Friday, Czech Republic’s Radek Štepánek will face David Ferrer. The Czechs are generally considered underdogs but the Czech team’s captain Jaroslav Navrátil believes the clash will be decided in Saturday’s doubles.
In this week’s Sports News, Czech preparations go smoothly for the Davis Cup clash with Spain; Šárka Záhrobská does what she does best in Aspen, Colorado, with another downhill slalom World Cup victory; and Sparta Prague catch up to Teplice at the top of the football league, although the flu-struck league leaders were allowed to make an early start to the winter break.
Czech Davis Cup team manager Jaroslav Navrátil has said that the Spanish line-up for the final against the Czech Republic was predictable. His Spanish counterpart named Rafael Nadal, Fernando Verdasco, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez in the squad to take on the Czechs in Barcelona from December 4-6. Navrátil said everyone knew that Nadal, who has been plagued recently by injuries, wanted to play. The Czech team for the final is Radek Štěpánek, Tomáš Berdzch, Lukáš Dlouhý and Jan Hájek.
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