Radek Stepanek defeated Nicolas Almagro in four sets in Prague to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over defending champion Spain in the final of tennis’s Davis Cup.
The Czechs held a 2-1 lead going into today’s matches. David Ferrer leveled the score at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Tomas Berdych, who was involved in a four-hour singles match two days ago and the doubles yesterday. Then Stepanek defeated Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3 in the decider.
Two days ago Ferrer defeated Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and Berdych beat Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3. Yesterday Berdych and Stepanek beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in the doubles to give the Czechs a 2-1 lead.
The Czech Republic previously won the competition, the top team event in men’s tennis, as part of the former Czechoslovakia in 1980. Spain was aiming for a fourth Davis Cup title in five years and a sixth victory overall.
Spain, which was without the injured Rafael Nadal this weekend, beat Argentina in the 2008 and 2011 finals, and was host for the 2009 win over the Czech Republic.
Serbia is the only other team to claim the trophy since the U.S. had the last of its record 32 titles in 2007.
The latest victory completes a double for the Czech Republic, whose women two weeks ago retained the Fed Cup title with victory over Serbia.
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