In Sports News: ‘ironman’ Tomáš Berdych sees Czechs through to quarterfinals of the Davis Cup; ski jumper Matura wins bronze and silver in front of home crowd; Kuba celebrates 800th match in NHL; Plzeň put a stop to Sparta's winning streak; and goalie Petr Mrázek may see his NHL debut.
Tennis: Berdych sees Czechs through to next round of Davis Cup
Of course a day earlier, Tomáš Berdych and Lukáš Rosol had won the longest match in Davis Cup history to give the Czech Republic 2-1 edge over Switzerland, hence the ironman moniker – there’s a match that won’t soon be forgotten. The doubles match against opponents Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli took a record 7 hours and two minutes; the deciding fifth set alone took 215 minutes. The final score was 6:4, 5:7, 6:4, 6:7, 24:22. The previous longest Davis Cup match dates back to 1982 and lasted 6 hours and 22 minutes, when John McEnroe defeated Sweden’s Mats Wilander.
Ski jumping: Matura earns bronze & silver at home
NHL: defenceman Kuba celebrates 800th NHL game
In other NHL action, goalie Tomáš Vokoun failed to stop three out of 24 shots by the Washington Capitals (his former team); his club, the Pittsburgh Penguins romped over the Capitals by getting a hat-trick from Chris Kunitz. The game ended 6:3 in the Penguins’ favour.
Also in the news, a player to watch is 20-year-old goalie Petr Mrázek who has been called up by the Detroit Red Wings. If the club’s goalkeeper Jimmy Howard is rested this week, Mrázek could get his first NHL start. He recently got his first shutout with the Wing’s farm club in the AHL; fans will remember that Mrázek was phenomenal last season in the junior championship and was declared the best goalie of the tournament.
Hockey: Plzeň clip Sparta’s wings
Football: Plzeň shows great offensive form
A preparation match for football’s Europa League between Viktoria Plzeň and Lokomotiv Moscow went well for Plzeň on Sunday. The Czech club, who face Napoli, downed Lokomotiv by a score of 5:3. Stanislav Tecl got two goals.