CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Euro Qualifiers: Italy stay perfect without Balotelli, Czechs win October 11, 2014

    Rome: Italy remained perfect without Mario Balotelli. The Netherlands, meanwhile, still appears to be in a post-World Cup slump. Giorgio Chiellini accounted for all three goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Azerbaijan in European Championship qualifying on Friday and World Cup semifinalist Netherlands labored to a surprisingly hard-earned 3-1 victory over...
  • Davis Cup: France wrap up Czech Republic 41 to reach final September 14, 2014

    France wrapped up their Davis Cup semifinal tie against holders Czech Republic 41 on Sunday, a day after securing their final spot on home soil. Julien Benneteau lost 64, 63 to Jiri Vesely before Gael Monfils beat Lukas Rosol 57, 64, 75 in the reverse singles at Roland Garros. Richard Gasquet and...
  • France beat Czech Republic to qualify for Davis Cup final September 14, 2014

    JoWilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet put France back in the Davis Cup final by winning the doubles and ending the twoyear reign of the Czech Republic on Saturday. Tsonga and Gasquet, who won their singles on Friday, gave Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek a rare doubles defeat in Davis Cup, 67...
  • Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek to play doubles against France in Davis Cup September 13, 2014

    Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek hope to extend their winning partnership in the Davis Cup as twotime defending champion Czech Republic changed their doubles lineup in a bid to overturn a 20 deficit against France in their semifinal. Berdych and Stepanek, who boast a 151 winning record together in the competition,...
  • France lead Czech Republic 20 in Davis Cup September 12, 2014

    Paris: France closed in on their first Davis Cup final since 2010 after Richard Gasquet and JoWilfried Tsonga gave the hosts a 20 lead over twotime defending champion Czech Republic in the semifinals on Friday. Opening on Roland Garros center court, Gasquet stormed to a 63, 62, 63 win over Tomas...
  • Tactics not the problem, Netherlands coach says after Czech loss September 10, 2014

    Prague: An angry Guus Hiddink said the Dutch need to learn a lesson from the lastminute loss to the Czech Republic in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier during which the coach surprisingly stuck to a formation unpopular with his team. The Czech Republic snatched a dramatic 21 win over the Netherlands...
  • Arjen Robben doubtful for Euro qualifier against Czech Republic September 4, 2014

    Amsterdam: Arjen Robben's chances of making the Netherlands lineup for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday are slim, new coach Guus Hiddink said. "It is looking very difficult, we haven't had any contact with him yet," Hiddink told reporters as the Dutch readied to take on...
  • France to host Czech Republic at Roland Garros April 28, 2014

    Paris: France have selected Roland Garros the home of the French Open as the venue for their Davis Cup semifinal series against the Czech Republic in September. The French tennis federation says it opted for the 15,000capacity center court in Paris after team captain Arnaud Clement asked for the...
  • Germany to play Czech Republic in Fed Cup final April 21, 2014

    Germany will take on the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final after both countries wrapped up their semi-final victories by winning the first reverse singles on Sunday. Germany's Angelique Kerber overcame Sam Stosur in three sets and former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 7-5 as both countries...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 2-0 in Fed Cup semifinal April 20, 2014

    Prague: The Czech Republic lead 2-0 over Italy in tennis Fed Cup semifinal after the two singles games that were played on Saturday. Czech player Safarova beat Italian Errani 6-4, 6-1 and Kvitova, who is the current world No. 6 in WTA single's ranking, beat Giorgi 6-4, 6-2, Xinhua reported. "Today was...
  • Czech Republic lead Italy 1-0 in Fed Cup semis April 19, 2014

    Ostrava: The Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over defending champion Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals Saturday after Lucie Safarova defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-1 in the opening singles match. The 26th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with a return winner to complete the victory over her 11th-ranked opponent. "It's...
  • Lucie Safarova opens Fed Cup for Czechs against Sara Errani April 18, 2014

    Ostrava: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic will face Sara Errani of defending champion Italy in the opening singles of their Fed Cup semi-final on Saturday. The 26th-ranked Safarova and the 11th-ranked Errani have met twice at WTA tournaments and are 1-1. No.6-ranked Petra Kvitova will play the second singles for the...
  • Czech Republic overpower Japan in Davis Cup April 6, 2014

    Tokyo: Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely won their reverse singles on Sunday as the Czech Republic completed a 5-0 sweep of Japan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Rosol beat Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and Vesely overpowered Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4 to complete the one-sided tie. The Czech team secured a berth...
  • Czechs ease to Davis Cup victory over Japan April 5, 2014

    The Czech Republic wasted little time wrapping up their Davis Cup quarter-final tie against Japan after the defending champions eased to a straight sets victory in the doubles rubber on Saturday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in Tokyo. After battling to singles wins on Friday, Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol...
  • Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol give Czechs 2-0 lead in Japan April 4, 2014

    Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol gave champions Czech Republic a 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Japan after hard-fought victories in their singles matches in Tokyo on Friday. Former world number eight Stepanek came from a set down to beat Tatsuma Ito 6-7(5) 7-6(5) 6-1 7-5 before Rosol survived...
  • Czech Republic face injury-hit Japan in Davis Cup April 3, 2014

    Tokyo: Radek Stepanek will face Tatsuma Ito in the opening singles match on Friday as the Czech Republic continue their quest for another Davis Cup title in a quarter-final match against an injury-ravaged Japan team. Japan, playing in their first World Group quarter-final, are without top-ranked Kei Nishikori, who was forced...
  • Cech voted Czech Republic's best player of 2013 March 4, 2014

    Prague: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has been voted the Czech Republic's player of the year for 2013. The 31-year-old Czech international won Monday's poll of players, coaches, football federation officials and journalists for the sixth consecutive year and record seventh time overall. Arsenal playmaker Tomas Rosicky finished second while Freiburg midfielder Vladimir...
  • Czech Republic, Germany, France reach Davis Cup quarters February 2, 2014

    Ostrava, Czech Republic: Defending champion Czech Republic reached the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Sunday after Tomas Berdych won the first reverse singles to clinch the firstround tie 31. Berdych, an Australian Open semifinalist, dispatched Thiemo de Bakker 61, 64, 63 on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena. Berdych was...
  • Tomas Berdych to lead Czech Republic in Davis Cup January 21, 2014

    Prague: Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych will lead defending champion Czech Republic in the first round of the Davis Cup against the Netherlands next week. Berdych will again team up with Radek Stepanek. The two played all five matches when the Czechs beat Spain 32 in the 2012 final and did...
  • Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic dies in blast January 1, 2014

    Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Jamel alJamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil ElFahel. AlJamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where he...
  • Decision to keep Djokovic out of doubles cost Serbia, feels Stepanek November 18, 2013

    Serbia's decision to leave Novak Djokovic out of the doubles rubber of their Davis Cup final against Czech Republic was "like leaving a Ferrari in the garage", victorious opponent Radek Stepanek said on Sunday. The Czechs wrapped up a 32 win to retain their title thanks to Stepanek's crushing straightsets demolition...
  • Czech Republic beat Serbia to retain Davis Cup title November 18, 2013

    Belgrade, Serbia: With the Davis Cup on the line, Radek Stepanek delivered again. Stepanek gave the Czech Republic their second straight Davis Cup title on Sunday, sweeping past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the fifth and decisive match to secure a 32 win over Serbia in the final. That made...
  • Czechs win doubles to take 21 lead in Davis Cup final November 17, 2013

    Holders Czech Republic took a 21 lead over hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup final after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek romped to a 62, 64, 76 (4) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in Saturday's doubles. The result put the Czechs firmly in the driving seat with Berdych facing...
  • Djokovic out of Davis Cup final doubles November 16, 2013

    Belgrade: Serbia's world number two Novak Djokovic has been left out of Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against holders Czech Republic, with Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac named to play against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. The teams were locked at 11 after Friday's opening singles, with Djokovic beating...
  • Serbia, Czech Republic tied 11 in Davis Cup November 16, 2013

    Belgrade: Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Tomas Berdych of defending champion Czech Republic did what was expected of them Friday, winning their matches and leaving the Davis Cup final at 11 after the opening day. Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 75, 61, 64 in the first singles. Berdych then defeated rookie Dusan...
  • Serbia lead Czech Republic 10 in Davis Cup November 15, 2013

    Belgrade: Novak Djokovic overcame some early nerves to beat Radek Stepanek in straight sets on Friday and give Serbia a 10 lead over defending champion Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final. Djokovic won 75, 61, 64 on an indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena for his 23rd consecutive victory since...
  • Djokovic to face Stepanek in Davis Cup opener November 14, 2013

    Belgrade: Novak Djokovic will face Radek Stepanek in the opening singles on Friday when Serbia face defending champion Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final. In Thursday's draw, Serbian reserve Dusan Lajovic was picked to play Tomas Berdych in the second singles match on a hard court in Belgrade Arena. Lajovic, ranked...
  • Berdych, Stepanek to lead Czech title defence against Serbia October 31, 2013

    World number seven Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will lead the Czech Republic when the title holders take on Serbia in the Davis Cup final in Belgrade on November 1517. The Czechs will face a tough task in their bid for backtoback titles, facing secondranked Novak Djokovic and his team mates...
  • Bulgaria look for positives from another campaign failure October 16, 2013

    Sofia: Losing in Armenia was bad enough but a home defeat by the Czech Republic four days later gave Bulgaria the worst possible end to their World Cup qualifying campaign. They were second for most of the campaign but a 21 reverse against Armenia on Friday and 10 loss to the...
  • Czechs to miss Rosicky in final WCup qualifying October 7, 2013

    Prague: Captain Tomas Rosicky will miss the Czech Republic's final two World Cup qualifiers at the request of his Arsenal due to health concerns. Rosicky picked up a calf injury in the 21 loss at Italy on September 10 but returned to Arsenal's starting lineup for a 20 victory over Napoli...