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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Radek Štěpánek
Roger Federer is skipping Switzerland's Davis Cup match against the defending champion Czech Republic next month.
David Ferrer kept alive Spain's hopes of winning a fourth Davis Cup title in five years by beating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the first reverse singles match Sunday to even the final at 2-2.
It's a job for two when the Czechs win Davis Cup finals.
The Czech Republic won the doubles Saturday to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation.
With Rafael Nadal sidelined with an injury, the Czech Republic team hopes to complete a rare double this weekend when it takes on defending champion Spain in the 100th Davis Cup final.
The Czech Republic will rely on Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in this month's Davis Cup final.
When No. 1 seed Andy Roddick saw the draw for the Legg Mason Classic, he knew one player who would pose a problem: Radek Stepanek, who had upset James Blake in Los Angeles last month.
"I was playing very aggressive today; I wanted be the one who is active, who is controlling the game," Stepanek said. "It paid off, even though I lost the third set. I had no doubt I was on the way."