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Davis Cup 2013: Czechs triumph over the Swiss in the longest doubles match ever

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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Keywords: Davis Cup | Tomas-Berdych | Stanislas-Wawrinka | Lukas-Rosol | Marco-Chiudinelli
Davis Cup 2013: Czechs triumph over the Swiss in the longest doubles match ever
Czech pair of Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol created history on Saturday as they took their nation 2-1 up in the first round of the World Group against the spirited Swiss team of Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli. The defending champions were tested to the core but scrapped through 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 24-22 in the end in a record breaking seven hour and 1 minute epic.

The loss of Severin Luthi’s side also meant that the former world no.9 Wawrinka suffererd yet another setback in the past couple of weeks – Roger Federer’s countryman was within striking distance of knocking out the defending champion Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park before he lost a 5 hour 2 minute marathon to the Serb 12-10 in the fifth.

The Geneva classic bettered the earlier record of the lengthiest Davis Cup bout by 39 minutes. The previous record was held by John McEnroe who needed 6 hours 22 minutes to overcome Mats Wilander 9-7, 6-2, 15-17, 3-6, 8-6, in 1982. The two multiple Slam champions displayed their full talent on court on that day as they turned out to play for their respective nations - the United States and Sweden. The Swiss-Czech duel is the second longest match of any sort as well behind the 11-hour, 5-minute John Isner-Nicolas Mahut 2010 Wimbledon chartbuster that was fought for three days.

The Swiss team survived 12 match points before Chiudinelli double-faulted on the 13th in the never ending final set that went on for more than 3 hours and 35 minutes. Berdych and Rosol’s victory have taken them to a very comfortable position of moving into the quarters as they are now ahead 2-1 in the challenge. If anyone of the two can win their reverse singles today, then the Czechs will have a great chance of making to the semis as they will be playing a weak Kazakhstan or Austria in the quarter-finals in April.

The world no.17 tweeted: “Great doubles from MC!! Thanks for all the supporters. Ice bath done! Now massage and food… Let’s be ready for tomorrow!!!!” Later on he stated that although he was extremely tired mentally and physically, he will still give his all in Sunday’s play-off against the former Wimbledon runner-up.

Berdych said: "I have never experienced such a long tennis match. It was extremely long, but we have quite a time to recover.I like it because I now have a new experience but we still need one more point, so let’s go again Sundayas victory always tastes sweet”

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