Belgrade: Triumphant after handing the Czech Republic its second successive Davis Cup with a stylish win, Radek Stepanek said he drew strength from passion for the competition he had wanted to play since he was a child.
"I love to play the Davis Cup from the first moment," Stepanek said after making history as the first player ever to win two decisive fifth rubbers in two consecutive Davis Cup finals.
"It is a very unique competition. It has so much history. And it is the only occasion to play in front of our fans," he added after trashing Serbian youngster Dusan Lajovic.