Yuriy Schukin and Andrey Golubev beat Radek Stepanek and Jan Hajek 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles to cut the Czech Republic's lead against Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup quarterfinals to 2-1 on Saturday.
The defending champion Czechs took a 2-0 lead on Friday after Hajek beat Mikhail Kukushkin and Lukas Rosol downed Golubev in their opening singles matches on clay.
''The Kazakh pair played better, especially Golubev, who was the best one on the court,'' Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil said. ''But we are still 2-1 ahead and we have all chances to win.''
Kazakhstan is the last team to beat the Czechs, upsetting the hosts 3-2 on debut in the first round of the World Group in 2011. Golubev downed Tomas Berdych and Kukushkin beat Hajek in the reverse singles then.
The sixth-ranked Berdych is missing this time because of a shoulder injury, while Stepanek was rested from the opening singles as he is playing his first competition since undergoing a neck operation in January.
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