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Ferrer plays Stepanek to open Davis Cup final

Updated: November 15, 2012, 10:50 AM ET
Associated Press

PRAGUE -- The last time the Czechs played Spain in the Davis Cup final, they were swept 5-0 on clay in Barcelona.

Three years later, the Czech Republic will play at home on a fast indoor hard court. Plus, Spain will play without injured star Rafael Nadal.

The Czechs hope to win their first Davis Cup title as an independent nation since the 1993 split of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia won its only title in 1980, when Ivan Lendl led the team to victory.

Defending champion Spain ...

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