The Czech is a workhorse player who has reached a high of No. 8 and won five career titles. Radek Stepanek is one of the few players left who can serve and volley regularly, and he has a penchant for antagonizing his opponents. The man nicknamed "Steps" won titles in Brisbane and San Jose and joined forces with compatriot Tomas Berdych to lead the Czech Republic to its first Davis Cup final in 2009. He finished that year with a career-high, season-ending rank of No. 12. A bout with mononucleosis limited Stepanek to 34 matches in 2010 as he finished outside the Top 50 for the first time in eight years. Stepanek opened 2011 reaching the Brisbane semifinals then failed to win back-to-back matches in his next eight events, snapping that streak with a trip to the Munich semis. In August, Stepanek scored six straight wins, including a straight-sets conquest of Gael Monfils, to collect the Washington, DC championship. In January, 2012, Stepanek partnered Leander Paes to win the Australian Open doubles title. Later that year, Stepanek defeated Nicolas Almagro in the decisive fifth match to clinch the Davis Cup championship for the Czech Republic. In September, 2013, Stepanek and Paes beat the Bryan brothers in the U.S. Open doubles semifinal, ending the Americans' quest to win the single-season Grand Slam. Stepanek and Paes went on to capture the 2013 U.S. Open doubles title. In November, 2013, Stepanek defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets to clinch the Czech Republic's 3-2 victory over host Serbia in the Davis Cup final and seal the Czech's second straight Davis Cup championship. Stepanek may be best known for doing the “Worm” dance after big wins, and for being engaged to both Martina Hingis and Nicole Vaidisova. He married Vaidisova in a Prague castle on July 17, 2010. On June 20, 2013, Vaidisova’s agent confirmed the couple had split to TENNIS.com. They are seeking a divorce.
Radek Stepanek Tournament History
2011: Washington D.C.
2009: San Jose, Brisbane
2007: Los Angeles
2013: US Open
2012: Shanghai, Miami, Australian Open
2009: San Jose
2005: Dubai, Marseille
2004: Delray Beach, Stuttgart, Rotterdam
2001: Vienna, Munich, Estoril