Davis Cup champion Czechs beat Switzerland 3-1

Davis Cup champion Czechs beat Switzerland 3-1
February 3, 2013, 11:08 am
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Stanislas Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a ball to Tomas Berdych, of Czech Republic, during the third single match of the Davis Cup World Group First Round between Switzerland and Czech Republic, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)


GENEVA (AP) Tomas Berdych needed only around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka this time, and lift the Czech Republic to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup on Sunday.

Back on court after both played in an epic 7 hours, 1 minute doubles match on Saturday, Czech No. 1 Berdych beat Swiss team leader Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the first of the reverse singles rubbers.

Sunday's match took three hours, 15 minutes - lasting less than half the time of the longest match in Davis Cup history. The defending champion Czechs earned a home quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in April.

Wawrinka extended his run of hard-luck losses in 2013, which began against Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic when he lost 12-10 in the fifth set after 5 hours, 2 minutes.