Tennis: Czechs lose to Kazakhstan in Davis Cup’s first round

The Czech men’s tennis team lost 2:3 to Kazachstan in the first round of the Davis Cup after both Tomáš Berdych and Jan Hájek lost their singles in Ostrava on Sunday. Berdych, world number seven, failed to score the decisive third point for the Czechs when he surprisingly lost to Andrei Golubev 5:7, 7:5, 4:6 and 2:6, and brought the rubber to a 2:2. In the final single, Czech Republic’s Jan Hájek lost in three and a half hours to Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 4:6, 7:6, 6:7 and 0:6. The loss is a major disappointment for the Czechs who will now play to stay in the Davis Cup World Group.