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Berdych routs Roddick in Dusseldorf
Tomas Berdych hammered Andy Roddick to put Czech Republic in a commanding position at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.
Berdych, a former French Open semi-finalist, fired 11 aces to no reply as he powered past the former world No. 1 6-1 6-2 in a shade over an hour.
Roddick, who is playing for the first time in nearly two months after a hip injury, has won just seven games in two matches this week at the Rochusclub following his 6-2 6-2 defeat to Carlos Berlocq on Sunday.
Berdych's win put the Czechs on course for their first title since 1981 after their victory over Japan in the Red Group on Monday; especially after Radek Stepanek confirmed their second victory of the group by beating James Blake 6-2 6-1.
The result means the United States are out, regardless of the result of their doubles rubber against the Czechs.
The winners of the four-team round-robin will face the Blue Group champions in Saturday's final ahead of the opening day of Roland Garros on Sunday.
In the Blue Group, Germany remain on course for the defence of their title after Florian Mayer won his second match in as many days with an emphatic 6-1 6-1 win over Ivan Dodig.
They will likely have to beat Serbia in the final group contest to be sure of the place in the final, however, after Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic beat Dimitri Tursunov and Alex Bogomolov Jr respectively to send the Russians crashing out of the tournament.
Elsewhere, at the Open de Nice, eighth seed Fabio Fognini was the highest profile exit - as both Sergiy Stakhovsky and Donald Young were also dumped out.
Seeds Bernard Tomic and Denis Istomin progressed to the second round, however, as they were joined by names including Xavier Malisse, Nikolay Davydenko and Gregor Dimitrov