There was no separating Spain and the Czech Republic after the opening day of the Davis Cup Final in Prague with both higher ranked players winning the opening singles encounters for their respective sides. David Ferrer continued his exceptional run this year to overcome Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that was probably a tad more competitive than the scoreline suggests. The home fans were then treated to a humdinger as Tomas Berdych saw off the challenge of Nicolas Almagro in a thrilling five set encounter 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to draw the hosts level.
Ferrer got the defending champions off to a perfect start, breaking Stepanek late in the first set in the 8th game before holding on to his serve in the following game to wrap it up comfortably enough. The Spaniard stretched his run of games early in the second set, going up a break, but Stepanek battled back to draw level midway through the set. Ferrer though quickly regained his advantage and wasted little time in opening up a 2-set to love lead.