Czech Republic Beats Spain 3-2 to Win Davis Cup
The Czech Republic defeated Spain 3-2 to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 1980, when Czechoslovakia earned the title. World No. 37 Radek Stepanek clinched the win, beating World No. 11 Nicolas Almagro in four sets, 6-4, 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-3 in the deciding fifth rubber.
After the Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead after the doubles tie, Tomas Berdych was unable to get a set off of World No. 5 David Ferrer, the Spaniard prevailing 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to even up the tie at 2-2.
But Stepanek, ranked 26 spots below his opponent, was able to get the job done. He hit eight aces, 47 winners, and 51 unforced errors in his win over Almagro, who hit 15 aces, 47 winners, and 56 unforced errors.