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OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won the doubles for the defending champion Czech Republic to take a 2-1 lead over the Netherlands in the Davis Cup first round on Saturday. The Czechs defeated Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in almost four hours on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena to improve to a 15-1 record in the cup doubles. The Dutch were trailing 2-0 in the fourth set before coming back and saving three break points at 5-5 after Haase double-faulted twice but the home pair converted their second match point in the tiebreaker with Haase sending a volley too long. "It was the toughest game we have played," Berdych said. "It was extremely hard for us. They were excellent." It was the first defeat in the cup doubles for Haase and Rojer following four victories. "We had our chances but our opponents were unbelievable," Stepanek said "We had to fight till the end." The Czechs, seeking their third straight Davis Cup title, are one win away from the quarterfinals while the Dutch must win both reverse singles on Sunday to reach the quarters for the first time since 2005. On Sunday, Berdych plays Haase then Stepanek faces Igor Sijsling. The winner of the best-of-five series will face either Canada or Japan in April. Berdych and Stepanek saved five set points in the 10th game of the opening set before they broke Haase, and Stepanek served the set out. The Dutch pair wasted 10 break opportunities in the set. In the second set, Stepanek failed to hold his serve in the fourth game and Berdych double-faulted to do likewise, allowing the Dutch to race to a commanding 5-1 lead. Haase hit an ace on the first set point. Berdych was broken again in the seventh game of the third set when his forehand volley hit the net but the Dutch let the Czechs come back after wasting three set points and Haase failed to serve the set out in the 10th game. The Dutch still forced a tiebreaker after saving three set points. Haase became furious when the Czechs jumped to 4-1 for no clear reason, hitting the net three times with his racket before the Czechs prevailed 7-2 with Berdychs backhand volley winner. Berdych had to be treated for a back problem when trailing 5-4 in the third set but said it was not serious. Michael Bennett Eagles Jersey . At this point, even he isnt sure when it is going to stop. The right-hander dropped his fourth straight decision in Los Angeles 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night, leaving his status very much in doubt as the Dodgers prepare for the stretch drive. Haloti Ngata Jersey . 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The American, who won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw and hadnt beaten a top-50 player before the event, will face the fourth-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany in Sundays final. Petkovic, who beat Grace Min of the United States 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the first semifinal that was interrupted by rain for 1 1/2 hours, won the first of her three career titles here in 2009. Petkovic and Rogers have not played each other before. Rogers, who is from South Carolina, saved four set points against the 14th-ranked Errani before converting her fifth chance in the tiebreaker of the opening set. In the second set, Rogers came back from a break down and closed out the win with a backhand winner on her first match point. Errani, who won the doubles at Wimbledon last week and was looking to reach her third singles final of the year and first since losing to Serena Wiilliams in Rome in May, criticized the humid conditions on the clay court.dddddddddddd After slipping and losing the point at 10-10 in the tiebreaker, Errani talked with WTA supervisor Martina Lutkova who judged the conditions were okay for play to continue. Errani, who was seeded second, had already been unhappy after Fridays quarterfinals, comparing the centre court to "a swimming pool." Petkovic reached her second final of the season after winning in Charleston in April. The 20th-ranked German broke Mins serve twice coming from 5-1 down in the opening set but then lost her serve at 5-4. The German used three more breaks in the second to level the match. Petkovic broke Min again at 3-3 in the final set and missed one match point on the Americans serve before closing out the match in the next game. The 138th-ranked Min had not been beyond the second round of a WTA event before. The American had drawn top-seeded Flavia Pennetta in the opening round but the Italian pulled out injured shortly before the match. 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