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Czech Republic beat Spain to secure Davis Cup win

Published on Nov 19, 2012 5:48 AM
Czech Republic's team celebrates with the Davis Cup trophy after they defeated Spain in the final match in Prague on Nov 18, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

PRAGUE (AFP) - The Czech Republic won the Davis Cup after a team led by Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek beat holders Spain 3-2 in the 100th final here on Sunday.

In Sunday's games, Berdych lost to David Ferrer before Stepanek stunned Nicolas Almagro in the decisive rubber.

The Czech Republic lifted their first Davis Cup since gaining independence following a 1993 split with Slovakia.

The victory has handed the Czechs a rare team double after their women lifted the Fed Cup here two weeks ago - a feat last achieved by the United States in 1990.

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