Friday, May 24, 2013
Last Updated: 24 May 07:29 AM IST
19 November 2012Prague, 19 Nov: Radek Stepanek won a pulsating fifth rubber to steer the Czech Republic to claim the Davis Cup for the first time as an independent nation by beating defending champions Spain 3-2, in the 100th year of competition. According to the Davis Cup website, the Czech Sunday created his own little piece of history by becoming the first 30-plus player to win a fifth live rubber in 100 years by overpowering world number 11 Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 6-3. Earlier in the opening singles, David Ferrer beat Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-3, 7-5, to tie the rubber 2-2 for Spain. Thus, the Czech Republic became the first nation to simultaneously hold the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup.