Jiri Vesely: Was hard for Czech DC team after Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek retired

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Jiri Vesely: Was hard for Czech DC team after Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek retired

Czech tennis player Jiri Vesely admitted qualifying for the Davis Cup Finals meant a lot to him and his teammates as they found themselves in a tough spot after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek retired. The Czechs enjoyed success during the days of Bedych and Stepanek as they won back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013.

“It was very emotional as qualifying for the Finals was a big goal for us,” said Vesely. “After all the success we had in the past with [Tomas] Berdych and [Radek] Stepanek, it was very hard to stay in the World Group, so after the new format it was a big goal to be at the Finals.

“We’re so happy to be here this year. That tie against Slovakia is already a long time ago, so all the emotions are a little bit gone, but once the matches start, we are all going to fight for our country once again.

“We still have in our minds what we did against Slovakia and, while we are not the favourites here, we are going to try our best and enjoy it as much as possible”.

The Slovakia tie vas very important to Vesely

Leading the Czech Republic to a win over Slovakia in the qualifying round tie meant a lot to Vesely and for his confidence.

“That tie was very, very important for me, especially with it being against Slovakia, as we are like brothers,” added Vesely. “It was emotional and special, while I was very pleased to help the team with two points.

“Year by year, I am playing better in Davis Cup matches and hope to continue that here. We have a very hard group with France and Great Britain, but our goal is to reach the quarter-finals. “Let’s see what we can do.

It’s only three matches per tie, so maybe that is a little advantage for us because anything can happen in those first two matches. We believe we can go through”.