Juan Martin Del Potro gives Argentina upper hand against Czech Republic

Updated: 15 September 2012 00:01 IST

Juan Martin del Potro got Argentina off to a winning start in their Davis Cup World Group semi-final against the Czech Republic on Friday with victory in straight sets against Radek Stepanek.

Buenos Aires:

Juan Martin del Potro got Argentina off to a winning start in their Davis Cup World Group semi-final against the Czech Republic on Friday with victory in straight sets against Radek Stepanek.

Del Potro, ranked eighth in the world, needed two hours and 41 minutes to beat Stepanek 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on the clay at Parque Roca in Buenos Aires.

Juan Monaco was due to meet US Open semi-finalist Tomas Berdych in the second singles rubber later on Friday.

The winner of this tie will go through to the final against holders Spain or the United States, who are meeting in the other semi in Gijon this weekend.

Topics : Tennis Radek Stepanek Juan Martin del Potro Czech Republic Argentina
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