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  • Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic returns a ball to Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland during the second single match of the tennis Davis Cup World Group first round between Switzerland and the Czech Republic in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

Friday, February 01, 2013 1:05 pm

Czechs tied 1-1 with Switzerland in Davis Cup

The Associated Press

Tomas Berdych won his match Friday to bring defending champion Czech Republic to 1-1 against Switzerland after the opening singles.

The sixth-ranked Berdych eased to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-1 victory over 289th-ranked Henri Laaksonen on an indoor hardcourt at Palexpo Arena.

Earlier, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka beat Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

Roger Federer is skipping the best-of-five series, while Czech veteran Radek Stepanek is sidelined by injury.

In Saturday's doubles, Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic champion with Federer, will partner Marco Chiudinelli against Ivo Minar and Jiri Vesely.

The match between Wawrinka and Berdych will open reverse singles on Sunday.