Many players go an entire career without ever getting a career-defining moment. Czech No. 2 Radek Stepanek got two as he once again took part in the deciding fifth rubber that clinched the Czech team their second consecutive Davis Cup title. He became just the third player in history to win two Davis Cup Final live fifth singles rubbers, and the first man ever to do so on consecutive occasions.
“I don’t think words can describe it,” said Stepanek, when asked to sum up his emotions. “To defend this trophy means the world for us right now. For our country, waiting 32 years for a second title, now we are one of the five countries who have been able to defend a title.”
The win saw the Czech team become the first away team to win the Davis Cup since Spain prevailed in Argentina in 2008. It is also the first time an away team has won the title in a live fifth rubber since Mario Ancic won the decisive point for Croatia in 2005.
“We made history today.”
Stepanek lost a mere five games during the match and was swarmed by the Czech team following the deciding point in the third set as they celebrated their historic victory with their captain.
“It’s a dream,” said stand-in captain Vladimir Safarik. “It’s a privilege to be on this team. To have Tomas and Radek on my team is something special. It’s amazing what they have achieved. It’s probably one of the happiest moments in my life.”