In the longest match ever in Davis Cup history, Tomas Berdych and Lukas
Rosol defeated Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 5-7, 6-4,
6-7(3), 24-22 in seven hours and one minute to give Czech Republic a 2-1
lead over Switzerland. Berdych and Rosol converted their 13th match
point to end a fifth set that had lasted three hours and 35 minutes
alone. It was the longest fifth set in terms of games in Davis Cup history.
I have never played tennis that long, said Berdych. I like it because
I now have a new experience but we still need one more point, so let s
go again Sunday.
Berdych, Rosol and Wawrinka had all played singles matches on Friday and
Berdych and Wawrinka are scheduled to return to the court at midday GMT
on Sunday to contest the first of the reverse singles. Czech Republic is
attempting to avoid becoming the first team since Spain in 2005 to lose
in the first round having won the competition the previous year.
Berdych and Wawrinka will play their doubles match in about an hour.
It's on indoor hard.