It is going to busy in Prague because two weeks before the Davis Cup Final, the Fed Cup finale will also take place. The Czech ladies will compete with Serbia during this final. Never before were both finales held in the same year, hosted at the same location. The O2 Arena can seat up to 14,000 spectators on both major finals.
In this special 100th Davis Cup final, Spain will be defending their champion´s title against the Czech. This match will be a repeat of the 2009 Final in Barcelona at Palau Sant Jordi. That finale was led by Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Spain came out rapidly racing to a 2-0 lead . The cup was won following Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco’s victory over Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek in the doubles.
Spain is eager to conquer their fourth Davis Cup title in five years. Already having reached great victories in Argentina in 2008 as the only country in the last six years, that managed to win the title not playing in their homeland. Spain still holds their unbeaten home record as well, having showed their strength against Austria, Kazakhstan and the United States of America. They have proven to be a constant dominant force in this tournament over years.
The most notably Spaniard this year is Nicolas Almagre, who won in five single rubbers this year. Other players have the opportunity to set their reputation since Rafael Nadal is not on the Spanish side anymore.
The Czechs won one Davis Cup title in the past, as former Czechoslovakia in 1980. But they will be looking for a revenge for the 5-0 sweep in 2009, also wanting one of the three trophies Spain won in those four years. Historical facts are however against the Czechs as they are looking for their first victory over Spain. Their last victory over Spain was in 1971 as the former Czechoslovakia.
The men of the Czech Republic reached the Final after beating Italy and Serbia in the first two rounds. In the Parque Roca they managed to defeat Argentina in the semifinals. Juan Martin del Potro had Argentina ahead in victory over Stepanek . But two wins from Berdych reached success in the doubles when the two Czech players combined in their 11th victory in twelve matches together in the competition. This turning the tides for the Czech.
The Czechs are expected to use a faster surface this time to counter the Spaniards who master the clay, not having lost on clay in 12 years. However the Czechs did win on clay against Serbia 4-1 in the same arena in the quarterfinals.
The official team nominations will be 10 days before the tie begins.
Where: O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic
When: 16 Nov – 18 Nov 2012
Day 1: 1600 hrs (1500 hrs GMT) TBC
Day 2: 1400 hrs (1300 hrs GMT) TBC
Day 3: 1300 hrs (1200 hrs GMT) TBC
– Available from October 23rd
– Prices from 1st to 4th Category 3 days > 7,990 CZK to 1,990 CZK
– VIP/Box seats (8 seats per box including hospitality) 3 days> 350,000 CZK
Find your apartments in Prague in time to witness this great Final of the Davis Cup!