Czechs beat Spain to win Davis Cup

2012-11-19 00:53:49 GMT2012-11-19 08:53:49(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PRAGUE, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Czech national tennis team won the 100th Davis Cup after beating Spain 3-2 in the final on Sunday.

This is the first time that the country won Davis Cup since its independence in 1993. Former Czechoslovakia won the trophy in 1980.

In the decisive rubber, home player Radek Stepanek stunned Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6(0), 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 52 minutes.

In the first game on Sunday, Spain's David Ferrer beat Tomas Berdych in straight sets.

Ferrer, the world number five, needed just two hours and 25 minutes to see off sixth-ranked Berdych 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

On Friday, Ferrer beat Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and Berdych then put the Czechs level after beating Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3.

In Saturday's doubles rubber, Berdych and Stepanek beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3.

Spain, who won the Davis Cup three times in the last five years, were missing world number four Rafael Nadal, who is recovering from a knee injury.

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