BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Tomas Berdych defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets Friday, allowing defending champion Czech Republic to even the Davis Cup final with Serbia at 1-1.
Earlier, Novak Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 for his 23rd consecutive victory since losing to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final in September.
Berdych dispatched the 117-ranked Lajovic 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the second singles match on an indoor hard court at Belgrade Arena.
The doubles of the best-of-=five series is Saturday, with reverse singles on Sunday.
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