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Sports Log: Czech Republic captures second straight David Cup title

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The Czech Republic retained the Davis Cup title by beating host Serbia, 3-2, in the final Sunday in Belgrade after Radek Stepanek swept past Dusan Lajovic in the decisive singles match. The Czech veteran beat 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. The Czechs won their second straight Davis Cup title, with last year’s its first as an independent nation. Serbia won its only crown in 2010, beating France in Belgrade. The Czechs got the crucial point in Saturday’s doubles to go up, 2-1. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic then kept alive Serbia’s hopes on Sunday by beating Berdych, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2,

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