Radek Stepanek

Djokovic Return Awaited with Eager Anticipation

December 27, 2017

Back in early June of 2016 talk of the G.O.A.T in men’s tennis was swirling around big time. Novak Djokovic had just completed the career Grand Slam by defeating Andy Murray in four sets in the French Open final, becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at […]

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Djokovic Shuts Down Stepanek to Advance to Qatar Open Semis

January 5, 2017

Defending champion Novak Djokovic defeated Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the season-opening Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Doha late Thursday afternoon. Battling the wind as well as the 38-year-old Czech veteran’s crafty and unorthodox style of play, Djokovic, seeded No. 2, won a spot in Friday’s semifinals against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. […]

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First Round Upset Picks at Wimbledon 2016

June 26, 2016

It’s that time of year again. The day before the start of Wimbledon. Requests have already started to come in for my annual top five first round upset picks at SW19. After two successive years of 1-4 records in the prognosticating business I thought I’d give it a rest. Popular demand dictates that I can’t. […]

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Murray Completes Stunning Comeback Against Stepanek

May 24, 2016

Andy Murray rallied from a two-set deficit to defeat Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 earlier today at the French Open. The first-round thriller, carried over from last night after waning daylight forced suspension of play, marked the ninth time Murray has escaped from two sets down and the third time at […]

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Pospisil Bounces Groth in 1st Round at Australian Open

January 13, 2014

  Top Gun of fast serve Sam Groth remains undaunted in his quest for Top 100 status despite dropping his opening-round match at the Australian Open late Monday afternoon. The big-serving Aussie wild card fell to 28th-seeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in what Groth called his “worst match” of the season. Groth, who […]

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Melzer Ends Raonic Run at Memphis

February 26, 2012

World No. 38 Jurgen Melzer of Austria defeated red-hot Milos Rionic 7-5, 7-6 (4) Sunday afternoon in the final of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. Melzer, ranked as high as No. 8 in the world last year, had knocked out top-seeded John Isner and No. 3-seeded Radek Stepanek enroute to the championship […]

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Raonic Defeats Verdasco Again

February 17, 2011

It was deja vu all over again. For the second time in four days, Milos Raonic handed No. 9-ranked Fernando Verdasco a stunning defeat. Raonic edged Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) last night in the first round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis. Sunday, the 20-year-old Canadian upset Verdasco 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5) […]

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Davydenko to Win Australian Open

January 17, 2010

The first Grand Slam of the new decade begins tomorrow in the Land of Oz. The Australian Open is often dubbed the Wide Open due to the uncertain level of fitness and form of players coming off a two-month hiatus and the sometimes inferno that can be early Melbourne summer. Upsets, injuries and exhaustion are […]

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Karlovic Blasts Record 78 Aces and Loses

September 19, 2009

Towering Croat Ivo Karlovic shattered the record for aces in a tour-level match with 78, but astoundingly lost to Radek Stepanek 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 16-14 yesterday in the first singles match of the Davis Cup semifinal between Croatia and the Czech Republic. The marathon contest, played before a raucous home-town […]

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