HEAD dominated the Davis Cup final 2013 in Belgrade, with four Racquet Rebels competing in the 3-2 win for the Czech Republic over Serbia. The Serbian team was led by world No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who somehow found the strength and the inspiration to play once again for his nation only a few days after winning the World Tour Finals in London.
On court at the Belgrade arena, Radek Stepanek clinched the deciding rubber for the Czech Republic, while fellow Czech HEAD Racquet Rebel Tomas Berdych contributed crucial singles and doubles wins. Meanwhile, HEAD's Djokovic earned two singles points for the Serbian runners up. Also representing the Serbian team was Nenad Zimonjic, who remarkably at age 37 is the oldest player ever to compete in a Davis Cup final.
A tearful Stepanek, who recommends the YouTek™ Graphene Speed, and Berdych, who endorses the YouTek™ Graphene Instinct, repeated their performances of a year ago when the Czechs won a second title in the team competition over Spain. "I'm indescribably happy", said Stepanek. "This is the highest moment of my career. I've won two grand slam doubles titles and reached top 10 in singles and doubles, but this is the best. I cannot describe it; this was completely different than the first time. We waited 33 years for a second title after 1980 and we made history today." Stepanek beat Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the deciding fifth rubber.
Djokovic, who recommends the YouTek™ Graphene Speed, kept his nation fighting until the very end as he claimed a 24th consecutive win with a 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Berdych on Sunday. "There was a lot of tension and emotions, it was so close and tight in the second set," said Djokovic, "but when you play for your country, the pressure and expectations and emotions are sky high. It was great to win this match in a full arena, this is the nicest feeling you can expect as a tennis player.” The Serb will now have time to recuperate before beginning the next ATP season, when he hopes to regain the No. 1 ranking.