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Spain beat Czechs 2-1 in Hopman Cup

AAP logoAAP 5/01/2017
Lara Arruabarrena of Spain plays a backhand to Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. © Paul Kane/Getty Images Lara Arruabarrena of Spain plays a backhand to Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.

Spain claimed a morale boost, closing out its run at the Hopman Cup with a 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic.

The final match for both nations was played on Thursday for pride only.

Despite winning two of three ties, Spain were pipped for a place in Saturday's final as the US won both their opening two matches by 3-0 scorelines.

The second finals berth will be decided on Friday night when Switzerland with Roger Federer play France.

Spain fell into an early deficit as Czech Lucie Hradreka defeated Lara Arruabarrena 6-2 6-4.

Hradreka won her second singles rubber from three this week as she fired 10 aces and broke four times.

The Czech attributes her low 166th ranking to the fact that she let her singles slip in 2016 while concentrating on Olympic doubles. She and Lucie Hlavakova played the bronze medal match.

"I'm so happy - I played very solid today," the winner said.

Feliciano Lopez levelled at 1-1 for Spain defeating Adam Pavlasek 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The Spaniards needed four match points to earn victory through the hybrid FAST4 doubles, taking it 4-2 4-1.

"It feels good to win my first singles match of the season," Lopez said. I played quite well. It was 10 or 15 degrees cooler today (from 43 degrees on Wednesday), so conditions were different."

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