Berdych, Stepanek to face Italy in Davis Cup

Australian Open quarterfinalist Tomas Berdych and doubles winner

Radek Stepanek will lead the Czech Republic against Italy in next

week’s first round of the Davis Cup in Ostrava.

Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal in the quarters while Stepanek won

his maiden Grand Slam title when he teamed with Leander Paes of

India to beat Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. in the doubles


Lukas Rosol and doubles specialist Frantisek Cermak were also in

the Czech squad named on Tuesday for the Feb. 10-12 tie on indoor

hard-court at CEZ Arena.

In their last Davis Cup tie, Italy won 4-1 in 1995.

In 1980, the Czechs won their only Davis Cup title as

Czechoslovakia, beating Italy 4-1.