BELGRADE, Serbia — The Czech Republic retained the Davis Cup title by beating Serbia 3-2 in the final Sunday after Radek Stepanek swept past Dusan Lajovic in the decisive singles match.
Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek, center, lifts his hands in celebration as he is hugged by a member of the Czech team after he won his Davis Cup Finals tennis match against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Czech Republic has defeated Serbia at the 2013 Davis Cup Finals with the overall score of 3-2. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
The Czech veteran beat the 117th-ranked Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1, converting his first match point with a volley. That sent about a thousand visiting Czech fans at Belgrade Arena into wild celebrations, blowing trumpets and beating their drums.
Stepanek spread his hands on the court as Tomas Berdych and other Czech teammates mobbed him.
This was the second Davis Cup title for the Czechs as an independent nation. Serbia won its only crown in 2010, beating France in Belgrade.
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