Czechs won't have Tomas Berdych
PRAGUE -- Defending champion Czech Republic will play without Tomas Berdych against Japan next month in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
The seventh-ranked Berdych wants to focus on the ATP Tour after helping the Czechs beat the Netherlands in the first round.
Seeking their third straight Davis Cup title, the Czechs will rely again on veteran Radek Stepanek.
Stepanek and Berdych teamed up to beat Spain 3-2 in the 2012 final and did the same in Belgrade in November, when they beat Serbia 3-2 to retain the title.
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