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Tennis

U.S., Roddick bounce Czechs

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Andy Roddick kicked the red powder off his shoes one last time Sunday, happy to be done with clay and ready to return to the hardcourts back home for the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

Roddick beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (4) Sunday to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the first round of the World Group.

"As far as the weight of the situation goes," the 24-year-old Roddick said, "It definitely could be one of my best matches on clay."

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The victory gave the Americans an insurmountable lead in the best-of-five format. The United States will next play Spain in Winston-Salem, N.C., in April.

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