Tennis

USA woe at World Team Cup

The USA lost to the Czech Republic on Tuesday to find themselves still winless at the round-robin World Team Cup event in Dusseldorf.

 
USA woe at World Team Cup - TennisReuters
 

The tournament, a final clay-court French Open tune-up for many players, saw former world number one Andy Roddick crushed 6-1 6-2 by Tomas Berdych in just 61 minutes.

The former Wimbledon runner-up and recent Madrid Masters finalist destroyed Roddick from the back of the court with a barrage of powerful groundstrokes.

Later, Radek Stepanek clinched the win for the Czechs with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 thrashing of fading American star James Blake.

It was a second successive victory for the Czechs in the Red Group and they now have an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three matchup, which will conclude with a doubles rubber on Wednesday.

The USA were beaten comfortably by 2011 World Team runners-up Argentina in their opening affair.

In the blue group, Serbia improved to 2-0 with a victory over Russia on day two.

Viktor Troicki drubbed Dmitry Tursunov 6-3 6-2 in 63 minutes, while world number eight Janko Tipsarevic beat Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1 6-3 to clinch the best-of-three encounter.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Germany took a 1-0 lead against Croatia after Florian Mayer crushed Ivan Dodig 6-1 6-1 in 64 minutes.

Four-time World Team winners Argentina also assumed a 1-0 lead against Japan as Leonardo Mayer outfought Tatsuma Ito 6-4 6-4.

Germany won a record-breaking fifth title with victory over the 2010 champions Argentina last year on the red clay at Rochusclub.

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