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Youngsters Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic handed Australia a surprise 2-0 lead over hosts the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie in Ostrava on Friday. Kokkinakis, an 18-year-old world number 133 and Australia's number two, first stunned 31st-ranked Czech number one player Lukas Rosol 4-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in three-and-a-half hours. Tomic, ranked 38th, then saw off 45th-ranked Jiri Vesely in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) in two hours and 28 minutes. Kokkinakis was a surprise pick by Australia's interim captain Wally Masur who overlooked veteran star Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth for Friday's singles.
James Ward staged a thrilling fightback from two sets down to beat John Isner 6-7 (4/7), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 15-13 and put Great Britain 2-0 up in their Davis Cup World Group tie against the United States on Friday. After Andy Murray had earlier seen off Donald Young 6-1, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 in front of his adoring home crowd in Glasgow, Ward looked destined for defeat as he lost the first two sets against the big-serving Isner.