Czechs down Japan to clinch Davis Cup quarterfinals victory

Tokyo, Japan ( - Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol cruised to a straight-set victory over the Japanese duo of Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama to give the Czech Republic a clinching victory in their Davis Cup quarterfinal.

The Czech duo took down the Japanese pair, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday to punch their tickets to a semifinal matchup between the winner of France-Germany.

On Friday, Stepanek earned the first point with a 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-1, 7-5 victory over Tatsuma Ito before Rosol fought off a late charge from Taro Daniel and claimed a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 in the best-of-five matchup.

The Czech Republic is the two-time reigning Davis Cup champs.

The former Czechoslovakia beat Japan in 1935 and the Japanese topped the Czechs in their first-ever clash way back in 1930.