After a long drought since 1980, the Czechs have finally got what they wanted – the 2012 Davis Cup. They beat Spain in the final, 3-2.
Firstly, the Czechs enjoyed home court advantage, with the final taking place in Prague. In fact, it was played in the same arena which saw the Czechs impressively sweep past a powerful Serbian side including Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Their hopes depended largely on the form of world number six player Tomas Berdych, who is capable of beating anyone on a given day. Berdych also struck up an excellent doubles partner in the form of Radek Stepanek.
However, standing in their way was an outstanding Spanish team which has won 4 out of the last 5 Davis Cups, a record which includes a 5-0 thumping of the Czech Republic back in 2009. World number five David Ferrer is in excellent form, having reached the US Open semi-finals. Meanwhile, Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez form an effective doubles pairing. However, the most important piece in the Spanish jigsaw puzzle, Rafael Nadal was missing due to a knee injury which has seen him side-lined after an early exit at Wimbledon.
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