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Czech Republic Retains Tennis’s Davis Cup by Beating Serbia

Tennis Player Radek Stepanek
Tennis player Radek Stepanek returns the ball to Dusan Lajovic during the Davis Cup final in Belgrade on November 17, 2013. Photographer: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Radek Stepanek defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets as the Czech Republic retained tennis’s Davis Cup with a 3-2 victory over Serbia in the final.

Stepanek won 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the deciding match in Belgrade. It was the second straight year that Stepanek won the decisive fifth match in the final, having beaten defending champion Spain’s Nicolas Almagro last year.

“I don’t think words can describe it, to win two Davis Cups is my greatest achievement,” Stepanek said in a televised interview. “To defend this trophy means the world for us and our country. We played in Serbia, on their surface, in front of their fantastic crowd, we made history today.”

The Czechs held a 2-1 lead going into today’s play. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic leveled the scores with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over Tomas Berdych.

As well as in 2012, the Czech Republic previously won the competition, the top team event in men’s tennis, as part of the former Czechoslovakia in 1980. Serbia won the trophy in 2010.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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