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Radek Stepanek confident ahead of Czech Republic's Davis Cup tie

​Radek Stepanek is confident Czech Republic can reach a third successive Davis Cup final when they meet France in the last four.

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The Czech Republic have won the title for the last two years and are bidding to become the first nation since Australia in 2001 to make it into three finals in a row.

A 5-0 victory over Japan in the quarter-finals saw the Czechs progress to the semi-finals without star player Tomas Berdych, but the world number six is back for this clash at Roland Garros.

And with Berdych's return, Stepanek feels his team have the firepower to trouble the French on their home clay.

"We've been through a lot of special things with our team throughout the Davis Cup and we're really looking forward to this tie," said the 35-year-old.

"We are back [with] the strongest possible combination and we are always happy to be together.

"We definitely want to extend our streak even though we have one of the toughest opponents we can have, playing at home at Roland Garros."

Meanwhile, France, led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, are in the last four for the first time since 2011 after their 3-2 win over Germany and are looking for their first title since 2001.

In the other semi-final, Switzerland host Italy with Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka both expected to feature for the hosts.

Fabio Fognini is the highest ranked Italian involved in the tie, and a visiting team also containing Andreas Seppi, Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli looks likely to struggle in Geneva.

Elsewhere, 32-time winners United States are in danger of falling out of the World Group for the first time since 1998 when they face Slovakia in Chicago.

Australia, who last won the title in 2003, are also facing elimination as they meet Uzbekistan.

Serbia, meanwhile, will have to do without Novak Djokovic in their play-off with India in Bangalore as the world number one is struggling with fatigue.

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