In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic make very light work of Belgium to reach the last eight in tennis’s Davis Cup, not dropping a set on their way to victory in just six and a half hours; cross country skier Lukáš Bauer comes second in the 30 km pursuit in Finland’s Lahti; and Teplice and Sparta Prague are still neck-and-neck in the Czech soccer league after victories at the weekend.
Štěpánek and Berdych make light work of Belgians in Davis Cup clash
“We returned extremely well, they were forced to play every ball, even though Darcis did serve excellently. We played a lot into the corners and we didn’t give them many chances. Our serving was very good and Radek did well to protect his service in the third set, when things might otherwise have become a bit dramatic. We managed the important moments and played just as we needed to – that’s why we won.”
By the way, the best-of-five tie eventually ended 4:1 to the Czechs, who will now take on either Israel at home or Chile away for a place in the semi-finals.
Bauer comes second in 30 kilometre pursuit in Finland
“He was stronger at the finish. I was catching up with him in the stadium but then I didn’t have any more strength. From my point of view there’s no reason to be down about the result: I’m happy with second place. Victory was within reach, but I didn’t manage to capitalise on the opportunity. But like I say, I have no problem or reason to be upset about that.”
That result means that Bauer, who brought two bronze medals home from the Winter Olympics, is now second overall in the World Cup standings behind Peter Northug of Norway.