PRAGUE (AP) — Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will team up for the first time this year for defending champion Czech Republic in next week's Davis Cup semifinal against Argentina.
Berdych, who faced Stanislas Wawrinka in the U.S. Open fourth round late Tuesday, missed the 3-1 quarterfinal victory at Kazakhstan due to an injury. And an injury prevented Stepanek from playing in the first-round 3-2 win at Switzerland.
Lukas Rosol, Jiri Vesely, Jan Hajek are also on the squad named on Tuesday for the Sept 13-15 tie on indoor hard court at Prague's O2 Arena. Berdych and Stepanek played all five rubbers when the Czechs beat Spain 3-2 in the final last November in Prague.
In their last encounter with Argentina, the Czechs won 3-2 in Buenos Aires in the semis last year.