ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Yuriy Schukin and Andrey Golubev beat Radek Stepanek and Jan Hajek 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3 in the doubles to cut the Czech Republic's lead against Kazakhstan in the Davis cup quarterfinals to 2-1 on Saturday.
After rallying from a break down to win the first set, the Kazakh pair broke decisively in the ninth game of the second set and won the next three games to take a 2-0 lead in the third.
Schukin and Golubev closed it out on their first match, breaking Stepanek's serve.
The defending champion Czechs took a 2-0 lead on Friday after Hajek and Lukas Rosol won the opening singles matches.
The reverse singles are held Sunday.