Czech veteran Radek Stepanek beat Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday, giving the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over Serbia in the Davis Cup final in Belgrade.

The 35-year-old Stepanek was also the star last year, clinching the Davis Cup with a victory over Spain's Nicolas Almagro in the fifth and deciding match.

Serbian star Novak Djokovic had evened the competition at 2-2 earlier in the day with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Czech Tomas Berdych at the Kombank Arena in Belgrade.

Djokovic's victory pushed his current winning streak to 24 matches.

The Czech Republic, which won the title in Prague last year by beating Spain, has now won two Davis Cups as an independent nation.

The former Czechoslovakia won the Davis Cup in 1980, its first title in the team competition, and was the finalist in 1975.

The Czech Republic played under the flag of Czechoslovakia until 1992 and later competed as the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic as of 1993.

The Davis Cup is tennis' premier international team competition. EFE