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Netherlands leads Czech Republic 1-0 in Davis Cup
Haase beats Stepanek in 5 sets to give Netherlands 1-0 lead over Czech Republic in Davis Cup
Associated Press
2014-02-01 03:01 AM

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) -- Robin Haase rallied on Friday to beat Radek Stepanek in five sets and give the Netherlands a 1-0 lead over defending champion Czech Republic in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group.

The 46th-ranked Haase won the hard fought contest 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 in 3 hours and 39 minutes on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena.

Haase broke Stepanek for a 3-1 lead in the final set and did the same in the sixth game before serving out, converting his first match-point with a forehand winner.

Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berdych was scheduled to play Igor Sijsling in the second opening singles later Friday.

The winner of the best-of-five series will face either Canada or Japan in the quarterfinals in April.

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