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Mayer took a 4-2 lead in the second set before wasting a break point that would have had him serving for the set with a 5-2 lead. Struggling with his major weapon, Berdych put only 47 percent of his first serves into play in the second set and was broken again in the ninth game before Mayer served the set out at love. With his serve improved, Berdych took a 3-0 lead in the third set. In his first cup singles this year and just days after his second Grand Slam doubles title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, Stepanek played in his typical attacking style, serving 13 aces and hitting 38 winners on a fast indoor hard court at O2 Arena. “I was trying to be active,” Stepanek said. “It was an important match for me. I faced a great opponent, but I wanted to use to my favor the surface and the fans.” Stepanek converted his first match point to improve to 5-2 against Monaco. Stepanek also beat Monaco with the same set figures to clinch the 2009 Davis Cup quarterfinal for the Czechs, also at home on a fast court in Ostrava. “It’s just coincidence,” he said. “But I think I was the better player in those two matches.” World Group playoffs Spain vs. Ukraine MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco both won on Friday to give Spain a 2-0 lead over Ukraine in their Davis Cup World Group playoff. Nadal overwhelmed Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-0, 6-0, 6-4 to secure the hosts’ second point on the outdoor red clay at the Caja Magica after Verdasco had rallied to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. “We have the series in hand, but it’s not over,” Nadal said. “We accomplished our goal for today and are happy with the wins.

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“I think the truth is the better story,” Clark said to applause. Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months and facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports. He also agreed to go along with the CIA’s film production cover story to get the Americans out of Iran. Taylor became a hero in Canada and in the United States, where crowds celebrated with banners that proclaimed, “Thank you, Canada.” One year after “Argo” premiered at the festival, Taylor has debuted his own account of the high-risk caper. He said the documentary offers “a very true” look at Canada’s role in rescuing six U.S. citizens during the crisis. “Argo” made no mention of Sheardown, the First Secretary at the embassy. It was Sheardown who took the first call from the American diplomats who had evaded capture when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in November 1979 and agreed right away to take the Americans in. “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio, who the best adapted screenplay prize at the Oscars, mentioned Taylor and Sheardown in his speech after saluting Mendez at the awards in February. Affleck also briefly thanked Canada in his speech last February. Friends of Taylor were outraged when “Argo” debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The original postscript of the movie said that Taylor received 112 citations and awards for his work in freeing the hostages and suggested Taylor didn’t deserve them because the movie ends with the CIA deciding to let Canada have the credit for helping the Americans escape. Taylor has called the postscript lines “disgraceful and insulting” and said it would have caused outrage in Canada if the lines were not changed. Affleck flew Taylor to Los Angeles after the Toronto debut and allowed him to insert a postscript that gave Canada some credit. Affleck said before the Oscars this year that he admired Taylor very much but said he was surprised Taylor still had an issue with the film. Affleck also said then that he agreed to narrate the documentary “Our Man in Tehran,” but Affleck is not in the documentary.

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Syria Turmoil The U.S. dollar fell against all but the yen among its 16 most-traded peers this week as the country entered talks with Russia on a plan for Syria to give up its chemical weapons arsenal and avoid the possibility of a U.S. strike, which had boosted the appeal of the greenback as a haven asset. The Federal Open Market Committee will decide to reduce monthly purchases of Treasuries to $35 billion from $45 billion, according to the median of 34 responses in a Bloomberg survey of economists. Policy makers will maintain mortgage-bond buying at $40 billion, the survey shows. It certainly seems like markets in general are tied up in knots right now over what the Federal Reserve is going to say next week, HSBCs Watt said. Loonies Wings The loonie rose 1.3 percent last week as employment increased by 59,200, versus a projected 20,000 rise in a Bloomberg survey, while the jobless rate fell to 7.1 percent from 7.2 percent. The gains continued Sept. 9 after a report showed Canadian building permits rose 20.7 percent to C$7.99 billion in July, the highest on record. The weekly advance was trimmed yesterday as the ratio of Canadian household debt to disposable income rose to a record in the second quarter on increased mortgage borrowing after policy makers took steps to slow the housing market. Credit-market debt such as mortgages rose to 163.4 percent of disposable income, compared with a revised 162.1 percent in the prior three-month period, Statistics Canada said yesterday in Ottawa. Mortgage borrowing rose 1.7 percent to C$1.11 trillion ($1.08 trillion). Youve seen Canada have a really great week overall following last Fridays jobs numbers, said Brad Schruder, a director of foreign exchange at Bank of Montreal, by phone from Toronto. And, frankly, while I dont think the Canadian dollar is falling right now, the wax is beginning to melt on the wings, so to speak. Net Shorts Futures traders decreased their bets that the Canadian dollar will decline against the U.S.