BELGRADE-- Sunday at Belgrade, Serbia, the Czech Republic beat local favorite Serbia to win its second Davis Cup title in as many years. The Czechs stopped Spain in last year's Davis Cup final at Prague.
The world number two Novak Djokovic of Serbia began the day Sunday by defeating Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 7-6, 6-2 to even the Davis Cup tie at 2-2 in match standings between the two nations.
But it was the 44th ranked Czech Radek Stepanek who topped the world number 117 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in the decisive match to put his country ahead 3-2 for the win.
The 34 year old Stepanek in recent years has made as many headlines for his off court results as he has with his on court results.
Stepanek was engaged to the former WTA Tour world number one Martina Hingis of Switzerland before they fizzled in 2007. He then married his fellow Czech and former top ten tennis player Nicole Vaidisova in 2010. They separated earlier this year. Stepanek is currently dating WTA Tour number six Petra Kvitova also of the Czech Republic.
Stepanek turned professional in 1996 and reached an ATP Tour high ranking of 8th ten years later in