Czech Republic

  • Czech Republic overpower Japan in Davis Cup 06-04-2014 05:29 PM

    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...
  • Czechs ease to Davis Cup victory over Japan 05-04-2014 04:57 PM

    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...
  • Radek Stepanek, Lukas Rosol give Czechs 2-0 lead in Japan 04-04-2014 03:11 PM

    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...
  • Czech Republic face injury-hit Japan in Davis Cup 03-04-2014 02:00 PM

    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...
  • Cech voted Czech Republic's best player of 2013 04-03-2014 12:19 PM

    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...
  • Czech Republic, Germany, France reach Davis Cup quarters 02-02-2014 08:53 PM

    Ostrava, Czech Republic: Defending champion Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup on Sunday after Tomas Berdych won the first reverse singles to clinch the first-round tie 3-1. Berdych, an Australian Open semifinalist, dispatched Thiemo de Bakker 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena....
  • Tomas Berdych to lead Czech Republic in Davis Cup 21-01-2014 05:10 PM

    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 3-2 in the 2012 final and...
  • Palestinian ambassador to Czech Republic dies in blast 01-01-2014 08:49 PM

    Police say an explosion in Prague has killed the Palestinian ambassador in the Czech Republic. Ambassador Jamel al-Jamal was in his apartment with his family at the time of the explosion on Wednesday, according to Palestinian Embassy spokesman Nabil El-Fahel. Al-Jamal was seriously injured and rushed to a hospital, where...
  • Decision to keep Djokovic out of doubles cost Serbia, feels Stepanek 18-11-2013 09:11 AM

    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 3-2 win to retain their title thanks to Stepanek's crushing straight-sets...
  • Czech Republic beat Serbia to retain Davis Cup title 18-11-2013 12:09 AM

    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 3-2 win over Serbia in the final. That...
  • Czechs win doubles to take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup final 17-11-2013 09:59 AM

    Holders Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup final after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek romped to a 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in Saturday's doubles. The result put the Czechs firmly in the driving seat with Berdych...
  • Djokovic out of Davis Cup final doubles 16-11-2013 09:37 PM

    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 1-1 after Friday's opening singles, with Djokovic...
  • Serbia, Czech Republic tied 1-1 in Davis Cup 16-11-2013 08:38 AM

    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 1-1 after the opening day. Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 in the first singles. Berdych then defeated rookie...
  • Serbia lead Czech Republic 1-0 in Davis Cup 15-11-2013 11:45 PM

    Belgrade: Novak Djokovic overcame some early nerves to beat Radek Stepanek in straight sets on Friday and give Serbia a 1-0 lead over defending champion Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final. Djokovic won 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on an indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena for his 23rd consecutive victory...
  • Djokovic to face Stepanek in Davis Cup opener 14-11-2013 08:30 PM

    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....
  • Berdych, Stepanek to lead Czech title defence against Serbia 31-10-2013 08:28 PM

    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 15-17. The Czechs will face a tough task in their bid for back-to-back titles, facing second-ranked Novak Djokovic and his team...
  • Bulgaria look for positives from another campaign failure 16-10-2013 08:01 PM

    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 2-1 reverse against Armenia on Friday and 1-0 loss to...
  • Czechs to miss Rosicky in final WCup qualifying 07-10-2013 06:25 PM

    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 2-1 loss at Italy on September 10 but returned to Arsenal's starting lineup for a 2-0 victory over...
  • Davis Cup 2014 draw pits Czechs against Dutch 18-09-2013 09:32 PM

    London: Top seeds Czech Republic were drawn on Wednesday to play their opening round of the 2014 Davis Cup World Group competition at home to the Netherlands. The winners in 2012, the Czechs have reached the final again this year and will play Serbia in Belgrade on November 15-17. Serbia,...
  • Czech Republic are top seeds for 2014 Davis Cup 16-09-2013 07:13 PM

    Czech Republic will be the top seeds when the draw for the 2014 Davis Cup is made this week, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Monday. Winners last year, the Czechs have again reached the final and will play Serbia in Belgrade next month. Serbia's run to the final...
  • Czechs oust Argentina to reach Davis Cup final 14-09-2013 08:52 PM

    Prague: Defending champion Czech Republic reached the Davis Cup final after winning its doubles match Saturday to eliminate Argentina. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek defeated Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to give the Czechs an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the best-of-five semifinal. They will play for the...
  • Davis Cup: Czech Republic lead Argentina 1-0 13-09-2013 09:51 PM

    Prague: Radek Stepanek swept Juan Monaco 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2 to give defending champion Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup semi-finals on Friday. In his first cup singles this year and just days after his second Grand Slam doubles title at the U.S. Open on...
  • Czechs hope to cash in on del Potro-less Argentina 10-09-2013 09:12 PM

    Prague: With Argentina missing top player Juan Martin del Potro, the Czech Republic has improved its chances of winning their Davis Cup semi-final this weekend. Also bolstering the Czechs' confidence is the reunion of Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek for the first time this year. They played all five matches...
  • Dalai Lama, Suu Kyi to meet at human rights forum in Czech Republic in September 28-08-2013 12:59 PM

    Two Nobel laureates - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi - will meet at a human rights forum in the Czech Republic next month, an official said at Dharamsala on Wednesday. "The Dalai Lama and Suu Kyi are attending a human rights...
  • Czech Republic's Vitezslav Vesely wins men's javelin in Moscow 17-08-2013 11:03 PM

    Moscow: Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic won the men's javelin at the world championships on Saturday with a throw of 87.17 metres, edging 2007 champion Tero Pitkamaki of Finland by 10 centimetres. Dmitri Tarabin of Russia took bronze on his last throw with a mark of 86.23. He pushed...
  • Zuzana Hejnova wins women's 400 hurdles at World Championships 15-08-2013 10:44 PM

    Moscow: Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women's 400 metres hurdles Thursday at the world championships, beating American teammates Dalilah Muhammad and defending champion Lashinda Demus. Demus went out fast and gave Hejnova a chase right into the finishing straight, but the season's best performer left everyone behind...
  • Rueful Balotelli must live with provocation, says coach 08-06-2013 10:56 PM

    Italy striker Mario Balotelli apologised for his red card and furious reaction in their World Cup qualifier away to the Czech Republic on Friday with coach Cesare Prandelli telling him he must to get used to being provoked. "Good morning. Yesterday my reaction was not the right one, I offer...
  • Death toll hits 10 in European flooding; 9 missing 04-06-2013 09:54 PM

    Berlin: Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers Tuesday to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-soaked Danube and other southern rivers - reinforcements that came a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501. The death toll rose to at least 10, including...
  • Czech PM declares emergency as floods threaten Prague 04-06-2013 12:21 AM

    Prague: Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation on Sunday as swollen rivers caused by days of heavy rain threatened Prague's historic centre and forced evacuations from low-lying areas. Prague authorities limited public transport and planned to close underground stations in the...