Czech Republic won the Davis Cup 2012 title after beating Spain 3-2 in the final played in Prague, which was also the 100th Davis Cup final in history.
After Berdych defeated Almagro and Ferrer overcame Stepanek in Friday’s opening singles matches, the Czech team earned a 2-1 lead as they prevailed in Saturday’s doubles.
Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek proved to be too strong for the ATP World Tour Finals champions Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, winning 3-6 7-5 7-5 6-3.
The final day of play brought some more excitement thanks to Ferrer levelling the score at 2-2. The Spaniard beat Berdych surprisingly easily in straight sets 6-2 6-3 7-5 after just 2 hours and 25 minutes of play at the O2 arena in Prague.
Ferrer managed to take Berdych’s serve twice in the first set and as he got off to a quick 3-0 lead in set two, the Czech’s player looked more than troubled. After the Spaniard wrapped up the second set, he seemed to be in control of set three as well. Despite Berdych managing to stage a little comeback from 2-4 down, he was just delaying the inevitable and the Davis Cup final was going to be decided in the last encounter between Stepanek and Almagro.
Stepanek, cheered on by the Prague home crowd, defeated Almagro 6-4 7-6 (0) 3-6 6-3 to hand his country the trophy, the first one since Czechoslovakia being victorious in 1980.
The key moment of the first set came in the 10th game when Almagro was serving to stay in it. As he dropped his serve to 30, he gave the Czech a one set lead in the match.
Stepanek had a couple of break point chances in the second game of set two, but the Spaniard averted both of them to hold for 1-1. It was Almagro who struck in the fifth game and after taking initiative on the Czech’s serve, he got to a 3-2 lead. However, Stepanek managed to claw back the break in game 8 and as both players held their serves for the remainder of the set, a tiebreak was inevitable. But the Czech veteran kept his composure and after playing a spotless ‘breaker’, he was one set away from a victory of his life.
Both competitors had their opportunities to take each other’s serves in the opening of the third set and it was eventually Almagro who earned himself the only break of the set and after wrapping up the set, he reduced Stepanek’s lead.
Stepanek struck at the very beginning of the fourth set as he took Almagro’s serve with the help of two forehand winners to take a 2-0 lead. Despite the Spaniard saving one match point when serving to stay in the match at 2-5 down, the Czech converted his second chance on his own serve and sailed to a superb victory to the huge delight of the fans.