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Tennis: Davis Cup - Czech Republic 0 Netherlands 1

Result of the Davis Cup first-round tie between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday: Czech Republic 0 Netherlands 1 Robin Haase (NED) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-1 Playing later on Friday Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Igor Sijsling (NED) Playing Saturday (from 1300 GMT) Jiri Vesely/Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Thiemo De Bakker/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) Playing Sunday (from 1200 GMT) Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED)

Tennis: Stepanek, Haase to open Czech v Netherlands tie

Radek Stepanek and Robin Haase will open the Davis Cup first-round tie between defending champions the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava on Friday, following Thursday's draw. Czech number two Stepanek, the world number 50, will take on 46th-ranked Dutch number one Haase on the hardcourt of the CEZ Arena at 1400 GMT. In the second rubber on Friday, Czech number one Tomas Berdych, the world number seven, will face 62nd-ranked Igor Sijsling.

Tennis: Czech Republic-Netherlands Davis Cup draw

Draw for the Davis Cup first-round tie between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, starting on Friday: Friday (from 1400 GMT) Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED) Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Igor Sijsling (NED) Saturday (from 1300 GMT) Jiri Vesely/Lukas Rosol (CZE) v Thiemo De Bakker/Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) Sunday (from 1200 GMT) Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Robin Haase (NED) Radek Stepanek (CZE) v Igor Sijsling (NED) afp

Tennis: Wawrinka's path to Australian title

Stanislas Wawrinka's path to the Australian Open men's title at Melbourne Park on Sunday (x denotes seeding): Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x8) 1st rd - bt Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-4, 4-1 ret 2nd rd - bt Alejandro Falla (COL) 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4 3rd rd - bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN x28) walkover 4th rd - bt Tommy Robredo (ESP x17) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/5) Quarter-finals - bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 Semi-finals - bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x7) 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4)

Tennis: Wawrinka squeezes into first Slam final

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final after edging out Tomas Berdych in four tight sets at the Australian Open on Thursday. The eighth seed beat the Czech 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) in three hours 31 minutes and will play either Rafael Nadal or fellow Swiss Roger Federer in Sunday's final. Wawrinka, who upset three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, will supplant Federer as the Swiss number one unless the 17-time Grand Slam champion wins the title. Federer has held the top Swiss ranking since 2001.

Wawrinka fells Berdych to reach first grand slam final

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Stanislas Wawrinka will bid to break the 'Big Four' strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a serving war on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final. In a slow-burning contest that occasionally roared to life, the Swiss eighth seed stepped up on big points on a tense night at Rod Laver Arena, reaching his first major final where he will meet either Rafa Nadal or compatriot Roger Federer.

Tennis: More tiebreak heartbreak for nearly man Berdych

Tomas Berdych was left cursing his repeated failure in Grand Slam tiebreaks Thursday as he narrowly missed out on reaching his first Australian Open final after defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka. The big-serving Czech seventh seed bungled two tiebreaks, including the match-clincher in the fourth set, as Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4). It was just the latest in a sorry run of Grand Slam tiebreak failures during his defeats last year at the US Open, Wimbledon and the French Open.

Tennis: Wawrinka squeezes into first Slam final

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final after edging out Tomas Berdych in four tight sets at the Australian Open on Thursday. The eighth seed beat the Czech 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) in three hours 31 minutes and will play either Rafael Nadal or fellow Swiss Roger Federer in Sunday's final. Wawrinka, who upset three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, supplants Federer as the Swiss number one by making the final. Federer has held the top Swiss ranking since 2001.

Tennis: Wawrinka into Australian Open final

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final after beating Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Thursday. Eighth seed Wawrinka beat the Czech 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) in three hours 31 minutes and will play either Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer in Sunday's final. rsm/th

Tennis: Giant-killer Stan says he's ready for Berdych

Giant-killer Stanislas Wawrinka said he's expecting no emotional let-down following his stunning upset of Novak Djokovic when he plays Tomas Berdych for a place in the Australian Open final Thursday. The Swiss eighth seed sent the tennis world into a spin when he dumped the three-time defending champion out of the year's opening Grand Slam in a gripping five-set quarter-final. It was Djokovic's earliest exit at a Slam since his quarter-final loss to Jurgen Melzer at the 2010 French Open, and set Wawrinka up with a semi-final against Czech seventh seed Berdych.
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