(Updates with title victory match results.)
Radek Stepanek sealed the Czech Republic's victory over defending title holder Spain in the 100th Davis Cup final by defeating 11th-ranked Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 7-6 (0), 3-6 and 6-3 here on Sunday for a 3-2 overall win.
This is the first time the Czech Republic has won the Cup as an independent nation, after Czechoslovakia beat Italy 32 years ago.
Stepanek, calm but full of energy and just nine days short of his 34th birthday, dominated at the important moments, breaking Almagro's serve in the first set to win it in just 55 minutes.
Although he missed several chances to break the Spaniard's serve toward the end of the second set, the Czech - ranked 37th in the world - forced his rival to commit several errors in the tiebreaker, which he took 7-0.
The pair battled hotly at the start of the third set with Almagro ultimately prevailing on the strength of his serve. However, it wasn't enough as Stepanek came back strong and aggressively to take the fourth set and the match before almost 14,600 raucous fans.
Earlier in the day, Spain's David Ferrer capped off an outstanding 2012 season by defeating Czech Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 to level the Davis Cup final at 2-2.
His victory meant that the final singles match between Almagro and Stepanek would be the one to decide the winner of tennis' biggest international team competition.
Ferrer put on a remarkable display of mental fortitude and concentration at Prague's O2 Arena to cruise past Berdych in just two hours and 25 minutes.
With his victory, Ferrer completed the best season of his career, highlighted by reaching the French Open semifinals for the first time and the final four of the U.S. Open and winning the Paris Masters for his first-ever ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. EFE