Unlikely Czech Hero in Davis Cup Triumph

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Could Czech fans have felt confident about their team’s Davis Cup fate resting with Radek Stepanek? The 33-year-old is best known for the belly-flopping post-match celebrations he once offered up, not that he ever got to show off The Worm all that often. He’s won only five singles titles in his long career, all at minor tournaments. One of the reasons for this limited success is obvious enough: Stepanek is the player that time forgot; he’s held onto a flying, whack-and-attack style that went out of fashion with the mullet.

Stepanek delivered in the decider, scoring a 6-4, 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Almagro to clinch the Davis Cup for the Czech Republic.

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