Prague, Czech Republic (4E Sports) – Tomas Berdych defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, to bring Czech Republic level with Spain at 1-1 in the Davis Cup final.
Almagro found his highest level in the second set, putting 83 percent of his first serves in play and hurting the Czech with precise crosscourt ground strokes.
The 6th-ranked Berdych took the first and third set and grab a break of serve at the start of the fourth set.
But the 11th-ranked Almagro broke back in the sixth game with a crosscourt backhand to bring the set to a tiebreaker, which the Spaniard won 7-5.
The fifth set featured three service breaks, the last coming in the eighth game as Berdych finally took the decisive edge en route to tying the Davis Cup final 1-1.
Earlier Friday, Spain’s No. 1 singles player, David Ferrer, cruised to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Radek Stepanek.
Berdych will pair with Stepanek in Saturday’s doubles against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez and then take on Ferrer in a singles match on Sunday.
Spain is seeking its sixth Davis Cup championship, while Czech Republic is seeking to add a second from the one it won as Czechoslovakia.