Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek aim to give the Czech Republic the lead going into the final day of their Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia.
The pairing of Berdych and Stepanek is generally regarded as a safe point for the Czech Davis Cup side and their country needs them on Saturday. Ultimately day one finished as everyone predicted it might do, at 1-1 after Janko Tipsarevic won an epic five setter against Stepanek to cancel out Berdych's earlier comfortable win over Viktor Troicki.
Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil may be left wishing Stepanek had lost a little quicker (it ended 9-7 in the fifth to Tipsarevic) as he has no option but to field the old warrior in the doubles will Tipsarevic will almost certainly be rested for the first of the reverse singles clashes on Sunday against Berdych.
Stepanek insisted afterwards that he will have recovered in time for the doubles and the Czechs need his expertise on the court as they're up against one of the world's leading doubles specialists in Nenad Zimonjic, a man who's won Grand Slam titles in the past and has been pivotal in Serbia's Davis Cup successes.
However Stepanek has played brilliantly in doubles so far this year, winning the Australian Open and Miami Masters titles. He rarely loses matches when partnered with Berdych and look for them to have given the Czech Republic the lead by the end of Saturday.