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Davis Cup final all square after singles

Honours were even on day one of the Davis Cup final between Serbia and defending champions Czech Republic as two one-sided singles matches were played out.

On-form Novak Djokovic got Serbia off to a flying start with a straight-sets win, before Tomas Berdych made it 1-1 heading into the doubles today.

Fresh from his ATP Finals win over Rafael Nadal in London, Australian Open champion Djokovic ploughed through Radek Stepanek 7-5 6-1 6-4 to give his nation the early advantage in the best-of-five tie.

It was harsh on Stepanek who was a sitting duck for Djokovic, who is never more fired up than wearing the red of Serbia.

"I tried to be aggressive. He was mixing up the pace. The first set was very close but after that I felt better on the court," Djokovic said on court.

There is considerable work to do, though, especially after Berdych swept past Dusan Lajovic 6-3 6-4 6-3.

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