Yes, I did say 78. The number of aces Ivo Karlovic dropped down on Radek Stepanek in the two's Davis Cup match on Friday. Oh, the best part is, Stepanek, representing the Czech Republic, won, saving four match points. In 5 hours and 59 minutes the two fought out arguably the best match of the entire year, with Stepanek overcoming the heroic effort from Dr. Ivo, who was representing Croatia. In the other match between the two countries, Tomas Berdych defeated Marin Cilic in five grueling sets to give the Czechs a 2-0 advantage. Fighting for the second spot in the final is Israel (Happy Rosh Hashanah!) and Spain. The Spaniards came out firing, and now have a 2-0 lead after David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero demolished Harel Levy and Dudi Sela, respectively.
Spain leads Israel 2-0
David Ferrer (Spain) bt. Harel Levy (Israel) 6-1 6-4 6-3
Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) bt Dudi Sela (Israel) 6-4 6-2 6-0
Czech Republic leads Croatia 2-0
Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) bt Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (2-7) 16-14
Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) bt Marin Cilic (Croatia) 6-3 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-3
In the 2nd Group, the section of countries that aren't eigible to win the Davis Cup, but are fighting for a spot in the World Group next year, Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka cruised to victory to give Switzerland a 2-0 advantage over Brazil. Serbia and Belgium both jumped out of the gate with 2-0 leads, while the France/Netherlands and Sweden/Romania matches are split at 1.