tennis • With the Davis Cup on the line, Radek Stepanek delivered again. Stepanek gave the Czech Republic its second straight Davis Cup title Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia, sweeping past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the fifth and decisive match to secure a 3-2 win over Serbia in the final.
The 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 win over 117th-ranked Lajovic made Stepanek the first player in the history of the tournament to decide consecutive finals in the fifth match. He defeated Spain's Nicolas Almagro last year.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic had tied the series 2-2 in the opening singles match Sunday by beating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-2. He improved his career record against the Czech to 15-2.