Romania will play against the Czech Republic in Davis Cup’s World Group playoffs, the competition’s official website announced yesterday following the draws that took place on Wednesday in London. The game will take place on September 16-18 in Romania. The Czech Republic is on 5th place in the national teams’ rankings with 15,156.31 points, while Romania is 17th with 2,312.5 points. Spain tops the rankings (32,504.69 pts), followed by Serbia (28,185.94 pts).
In the first round of World Group games Argentina defeated Romania in Buenos Aires, score 4-1, and Kazakhstan defeated the Czech Republic, score 3-2. Tomas Berdych and the Berdych/Lukas Dlouhy pair scored for the Czech Republic. Jan Hajek and Jiri Vesely were also part of the Czech team. The two teams previously played against each other in the World Group in 2001, the Czech Republic winning at Prostejov, score 3-2. Adrian Voinea scored Romania’s points back then.
Romanian Tennis Federation President Ruxandra Dragomir stated on Wednesday for Agerpres that Romania will be the underdog. “If we look at the ATP rankings the Czech team is homogenous. Their players rank 8th (Tomas Berdych), 57th (Radek Stepanek) and 70th (Lukas Rosol) in the singles standings. In the doubles standings they rank 21st (Frantisek Cermak) and 46th (Lukas Dlouhy). From this point of view the Czech Republic is the favorite. But, let us not forget, Romania will play at home,” Ruxandra Dragomir stated.
“The Romanian Tennis Federation will make all overtures so that the players will feel as comfortable as possible in Bucharest during the game against the Czech Republic,” Dragomir added.
Here are the other playoff fixtures: Russia vs. Brazil, Israel vs. Canada, South Africa vs. Croatia, Chile vs. Italy, Japan vs. India, Belgium vs. Austria and Australia vs. Switzerland.