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Serbia, Czech Republic Advance To Dusseldorf Final

Dusseldorf, Germany

Tipsarevic© Bongarts/Getty ImagesJanko Tipsarevic also played for Serbia in its 2009 title-winning campaign at Dusseldorf.

Serbia, the 2009 titlist, advanced to the Power Horse World Team Cup final with victory over defending champion Germany in the Blue Group on Friday.

World No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic battled past No. 24-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 26 minutes. Tipsarevic also won their 2009 final meeting at the Rochusclub.

Kohlschreiber saved three match points at 5-4 and two match points at 5-6, 15/40 in the deciding set, but Tipsarevic held his nerve to complete his 25th match win of the season (25-11 overall). He is now 7-2 lifetime in Dusseldorf. Kohlschreiber is 1-6 versus Top 10 opponents in 2012.

"We were making fun before we came here with Nenad [Zimonjic] saying that we would like to win the tournament without him having to win one doubles," said Tipsarevic. "So far, we are on a good track. I felt I maybe could have won easier today. I certainly had opportunities. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that Serbia is in the final."

The Germans denied Serbia a sweep when Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner defeated Miki Jankovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-4, 6-4.

In one other Blue Group tie, Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. beat Lovro Zovko of Croatia 6-4, 6-2 in 77 minutes. Zovko hit 10 aces, but could not convert any of his three break point opportunities. Igor Kunitsyn and Dmitry Tursunov later completed a 2-1 victory for Russia with a 2-6, 6-3, 10-3 win in 70 minutes over Ivan Dodig and Zovko.

In Red Group action, Frantisek Cermak and Radek Stepanek won the deciding doubles rubber against Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 to clinch the Czech Republic’s place in the title match. The Czechs won all six of their service points in the final set Match Tie-break.

Stepanek regrouped after Mayer won their grueling singles rubber 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-4 in three hours and two minutes to level the tie for Argentina.

The Czech Republic is aiming to win its first title since 1987. 

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