Posted November 15, 2012 on AP on Fox

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns a shot to Marat Safin of Russia during day four of 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre in Shanghai. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
The Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 to take the edge going into Sunday's reverse singles. Berdych and Stepanek improved their Davis Cup doubles record to 12-1 by converting their third match point in front of more than 13,000 fans at the O2 Arena, who blew trumpets, beat drums and cheered loudly between points. ''It's incredible,'' said Berdych, who closed out the match with an overhead volley. ''It's just one point; we'll do everything for that.'' The sixth-ranked Berdych can clinch the best-of-five series in the first reverse singles Sunday with a victory over David Ferrer. Ferrer is wrapping up the best season of his career in which he won a tour-best seven tournament titles. He ...
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