In Sports News this Monday: the Czech men’s team fail to reach the final of the Davis Cup, despite having been 2:1 up against Serbia after day two of their semi-finals clash; Lukáš Konečný (32) becomes the first Czech boxer to win a European professional title; and it’s a weekend to forget for current and former Czech soccer captains Tomáš Rosický and Tomáš Ujfaluši.
Czech team miss out on second consecutive Davis Cup final after 2:3 defeat to Serbs
Many believe the Czechs have blown a rare chance to win the Davis Cup trophy, as in the final they would have faced a French team considered less daunting than their opponents last year, Spain. Jaroslav Navrátil is the Czech Republic’s non-playing captain.
“I’m very disappointed, because tennis is our lives. I realised that this year the chance to win was greater. That’s why we all said that we had to win here. Because with Nadal Spain are unplayable. With Djokovic the Serbs are tough too, but he didn’t play the first day, when the quality of Tipsarevic surprised me a lot. Djokovic proved too much for Tomáš Berdych, even though Tomáš played really decent tennis. On hard courts, only Nadal can beat Djokovic.”
Konečný makes Czech boxing history with first professional European title
“I was aware that I had to beat him before the fight ended. I went into the fight with that thought in mind, and luckily it worked out in the end…It was a huge weight off my shoulders. I was really feeling the pressure. I’m not the youngest any more, and it was kind of the fight of my career. It’s hugely satisfying to me.”
Lukáš Konečný says he is hoping to get a chance to defend his new title in front of his fans in Prague, probably in three months’ time.