Czech Republic retains Davis Cup
The Czech Republic have won their second successive Davis Cup title after Radek Stepanek beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 to give them a 3-2 victory against the 2010 champions Serbia.
The win over 117th-ranked Lajovic made Stepanek the first player in the history of the tournament to decide consecutive finals in the fifth match. He defeated Spain's Nicolas Almagro last year.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic had tied the series 2-2 in the opening singles match Sunday by beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2.
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Stepanek prevailed in 1 hour, 52 minutes by breaking Lajovic seven times, while the overmatched Serb settled for only one break on only one break-point chance in the predictable setback.
"I don't think words can describe it," said Stepanek. "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. I felt great on the court here since Friday and I just proved it. I've been top 10 singles, top 10 doubles, I've won two Grand Slams, and played the Masters in singles and doubles, but winning the Davis Cup tops it all."
The result focused attention on the decision to leave Djokovic out of Saturday's doubles, which the Czechs won in straight sets, as well as naming Lajovic for the final singles instead of the more experienced and hard-hitting Ilija Bozoljac.
"We only had so many fit and eligible players to choose from and although I must take responsibility for the outcome as the decision maker, I have no regrets about the team selection in any of the rubbers," Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic told reporters.
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