Stepanek leads Czech Republic to Davis Cup title
PRAGUE (AP) Radek Stepanek upset Nicolas Almagro in the final reverse singles to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 victory in the Davis Cup final and its first title as an independent nation. That means the Czech Republic are the first nation ever to capture the Davis Cup, Fed Cup & Hopman Cup.
The 37th-ranked Stepanek beat his 11th-ranked opponent 6-4, 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-3.
The 33-year old Stepanek, with some fine play at the net, converted his second match point to send more than 14,500 noisy fans at the O2 Arena into wild celebration Sunday.
The Czechs' only Davis Cup victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993.