Czechs close in on final
Berdych and Stepanek team up to win doubles in Buenos Aires
Last Updated: 15/09/12 8:22pm
Radek Stepanek (left) and Tomas Berdych: Czech duo combined for doubles win
The Czech Republic moved within touching distance of the Davis Cup final on Saturday - while USA kept their hopes alive.
The Czechs won their double clash against Argentina to take a 2-1 lead in the tie with Sunday's two reverse singles to come.
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek continued their impressive Davis Cup partnership - it was their 10th win in 11 doubles rubbers - by posting a 6-3 6-4 6-3 victory over Carlos Berlocq and Eduardo Schwank in Buenos Aires.
Berdych will now look to put the Czechs into the final when he meets Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth rubber on Sunday. If he loses, the tie will go to a fifth rubber - currently due to see Stepanek face Juan Monaco.
Meanwhile, the USA are still alive in their semi-final tie against Spain thanks to US Open champions Bob and Mike Bryan.
The brothers beat Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers in four sets to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
After David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro gave the holders a 2-0 lead on day one with wins over Sam Querrey and John Isner respectively, the home fans were hoping their team would take an unassailable lead on Saturday but it wasn't to be.
The Bryans won 6-3 3-6 7-5 7-5 on the red clay in Gijon.
"We stayed the course the whole way and three hours 40 minutes was maybe one of the longest Davis Cup matches we ever played," Bob Bryan said.
"We're happy to get the team to Sunday and I have all the faith in John (Isner) and Sam (Querrey) to play some good tennis tomorrow and we'll see what happens."
American captain Jim Courier added: "We've got a chance.''