Radek Štěpánek
Czech tennis player
Radek Štěpánek
Radek Štěpánek is a professional tennis player from the Czech Republic. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 8 and best doubles ranking is World No. 4.
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Tennis - I could play on until I am 40, says Djokovic
Yahoo News - about 2 months
- In bad news for his opponents, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic said he may continue his astonishing career until the age of 40. Speaking after securing a place in the Qatar Open final against Andy Murray, Djokovic said he would play on for as long as he could. You're going to see a lot of me in the future." Djokovic celebrates his 30th birthday in May. Earlier this week in Doha he played against 38-year-old Radek Stepanek, one of the oldest players on the ATP tour.
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Tennis-Djokovic joins tops seeds in Toronto quarters
Yahoo News - 7 months
* Hometown favourite Raonic also wins * Top five seeds advance to last eight (updates with night matches) TORONTO, July 28 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic breezed into the quarter-finals as the Rogers Cup continued pretty much according to script at the Aviva Centre on Thursday. Djokovic beat Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-4 in a friendly encounter, during which both players repeatedly hammed it up for the crowd. Stepanek, at 37 the oldest player in the field, broke serve in the first game of the second set but it was merely a stay of execution against the world number one from Serbia.
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Tennis - Wawrinka tested in two-hour tussle with Youzhny
Yahoo News - 7 months
- Stanislas Wawrinka had to pass a stern test lasting two hours before emerging with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8) victory over Mikhail Youzhny to secure a third round berth at the Toronto Masters. The second seeded two-time Grand Slam champion was joined in the third round by fifth seeded Czech Tomas Berdych, who dispatched Croatian Borna Coric 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the only other second round match. In the first round, French 13th seed Lucas Pouille joined beat Emilio Gomez of Ecuador 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 7-5. Veteran Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek knocked out French 14th seed Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3. ...
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Tennis-Stepanek might coach me one day, Kyrgios says
Yahoo News - 8 months
(Adds quotes, context) By John Stonestreet LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) - Australian 15th seed Nick Kyrgios outmanoeuvred Radek Stepanek in four sets on Tuesday, saying he could imagine a professional partnership developing with his opponent once the gritty Czech veteran finally hangs up his racket. Kyrgios, currently without a coach and to whom Stepanek has already passed on playing tips, kept both his power game and his notorious temper in check in their first-round clash. No one wants to play Radek here," he told reporters after his 6-4 6-3 6-7(9) 6-1 win.
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Kyrgios Takes on Wimbledon's Old Man and Mate
NYTimes - 8 months
Nick Kyrgios described his first-round clash with the oldest man at Wimbledon -- wily Czech Radek Stepanek -- as "pretty crazy" on Saturday, saying the 37-year-old had been offering to help coach him.
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Murray takes long road, others enjoy quick march
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray survived a second close shave at the French Open on Wednesday, but his path towards what he hopes will be a maiden title in Paris is getting so circuitous he may soon find himself hacking through trees in the nearby Bois de Boulogne. While defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka, fifth seed Kei Nishikori, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, eased into the third round on Wednesday, world number two Murray took the long and winding road again. The Scot spent Monday and Tuesday figuring a way past an unorthodox Czech, 37-year-old Radek Stepanek, extricating himself from two sets down to scrape through in five.
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Andy Murray slams ‘simply untrue’ rumours of rift with Amélie Mauresmo
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
• Mauresmo had appeared to suggest she split with Murray over his behaviour • ‘Me and Amélie have a very good relationship,’ says Murray after Paris win Andy Murray survived a draining examination by 37-year-old Radek Stepanek to squeeze into the second round of the French Open on Tuesday – and then he addressed a court of an altogether different kind to bury the myth that Amélie Mauresmo had quit as his coach because of his on-court behaviour. Related: Andy Murray fights back to beat Stepanek in five sets at French Open Continue reading...
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Tennis - Murray, Wawrinka face Czech challenge in Paris
Yahoo News - 9 months
- Andy Murray and defending champion Stan Wawrinka start their French Open campaigns on Monday against a pair of fiery Czechs on a day when Roland Garros plays catch-up after a rain-soaked Sunday. Second seed Murray, a three-time semi-finalist in Paris, takes on 37-year-old Radek Stepanek, the oldest man in the draw and one of a record 51 men over the age of 30 to start the first round. Murray, buoyed by beating world number one Novak Djokovic to the Rome Masters title on clay on the eve of Roland Garros, holds a 6-2 career record over Stepanek.
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Wawrinka Stops Stepanek to Move Into Third Round
NYTimes - about 1 year
Fourth seed and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was given a thorough workout before beating 37-year-old Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-3 6-4 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.
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Tennis-Australian Open men's singles round 2 results
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Australian Open Men's Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday 4-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-3 6-4 Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) beat 30-Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-4 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 18-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Guido Pella (Argentina) 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 7-6(3) 6-7(8) 6-4 31-Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 6-3 6-2 6-2 21-Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Tim Smyczek (U.S.) 6-4 7-6(5) 7-6(4) Dudi Sela (Israel) beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 4-6 6-3 6-3 7-6(4) Stephane Robert (France) beat Rajeev Ram ...
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The Latest: 1 for the Ages _ Stepanek Wins in 1st Round
ABC News - about 1 year
The Latest: Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek has become the oldest man to win a match at the Australian Open in more than 38 years
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Hard-hitting Wawrinka bounces Czech at Japan Open
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Top seed champion Stan Wawrinka muscled into the second round of the Japan Open on Tuesday with a bludgeoning 7-5, 6-3 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek. French Open champion Wawrinka produced a dazzling performance in the Tokyo sunshine, the Swiss unleashing a series of jaw-dropping backhands that left his opponent shaking his head in disbelief. "After last year I'm just happy to play well and get through the match," said Wawrinka, who was eliminated by Japan's Tatsuma Ito in the first round last year in a stunning upset and faces the same player in his next match.
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Tennis-Del Potro reaches Sydney semis, all over for Kvitova
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Juan Martin del Potro continued his encouraging buildup to the Australian Open by reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday, but women's contender Petra Kvitova was stunned by a Bulgarian qualifier in the last four. World number five Del Potro was dragged into a scrap by Radek Stepanek and needed to recover from a mid-match meltdown before fending off the Czech veteran 6-4 3-6 6-3 to set up a clash with 2008 champion Dmitry Tursunov. Del Potro has stuck to his older-generation Wilson racquets religiously but has only two left, and is reluctant to change to a new one before the year's first grand slam. Fiery Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis famously destroyed four of his racquets during a loss against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2012 Australian Open, and Del Potro said he had been similarly tempted when struggling against Stepanek.
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Tennis-Del Potro stands firm as seeds tumble in Sydney
Yahoo News - about 3 years
* Del Potro recovers from slow start * Tomic also through in Sydney * Errani joins seed exodus (Adds quotes, details) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) - World number five Juan Martin del Potro, the man tipped to challenge for grand slam titles this season, began his year with a scrappy win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut to advance to the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Wednesday. The Sydney warm-up to the Australian Open has proved a graveyard for the seeds this week but the 25-year-old former U.S. Open champion avoided an early flight to Melbourne by coming back to win 1-6 6-3 6-4. Rated a dark horse to win the title at Melbourne Park and add to his sole grand slam triumph at Flushing Meadows in 2009, the top seeded Argentine will next take on Czech veteran Radek Stepanek for a place in the last four. Other seeds struggled, with No.3 Andreas Seppi from Italy bundled out by Australia's Marinko Matesovic 6-3 6-4 and sixth seed Julien Benneteau of France dumped in stra ...
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Czechs Retain Davis Cup on Stepanek’s Easy Win
NYTimes - over 3 years
The Czech Republic retained its Davis Cup title as Radek Stepanek exploited the inexperience of Dusan Lajovic in the decisive match to seal a 3-2 victory over Serbia.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Radek Štěpánek
  • 2016
    Age 37
    Updated before the 2016 US Open.
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    On January 30, 2016, Štěpánek and his doubles partner, Daniel Nestor, were defeated by Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in a three-set match in the 2016 Australian Open final.
    More Details Hide Details Štěpánek is noted for being one of the few serve and volley players on the tour. He is known for his resilience at the net as well as his entertaining and at times comedic plays during matches. Štěpánek has a strong and accurate first serve, often reaching up to 210 km/h with it. Like most serve and volley players, Štěpánek's second serve is slower, but has a great amount of top-spin, giving him time to come up to the net. On his serve, Štěpánek often immediately comes up to the net and volleys, finishing off points quickly. His net play is considered one of the best on the tour. He is known for his reach and anticipation at the net, which allows him to put away would-be passing shots at the net as well as engage in volley-to-volley exchanges, often coming out on top.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    Štěpánek then had an impressive run in the AEGON Championships, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin, Bernard Tomic, and then 2013's champion Andy Murray.
    More Details Hide Details He then took out Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals, before losing to the eventual runner-up, Feliciano López. He also reached the semifinals in the 250 event in Bogota, Colombia, losing to Ivo Karlović. The rest of his singles season was disappointing, and he did not play any singles tournaments after the US Open. In August he brought his ranking up to 35. In doubles, he reached the quarterfinals in Rome and London, before reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon partnering Leander Paes, where they lost to Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock, the eventual champions. In the first half of the year, Štěpánek played mostly in Challenger events. He lost in the second round of the French Open to Tomáš Berdych.
  • 2012
    Age 33
    On 7 November 2012, Štěpánek and Leander Paes started off with a win in the ATP world tour tournament.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Davis Cup together with Tomáš Berdych against Spain playing both singles and doubles. In the Hollywood-script-like final in Prague, Štěpánek won the decisive rubber against Nicolás Almagro, at the time ranked 21 spots above Štěpánek on the ATP ranking ladder, becoming only the second player 30 or older to win a deciding Davis Cup final match in the history of the competition. Štěpánek underwent neck surgery on January 21 to relieve pressure where a disc was pressing on a nerve rendering his right hand numb and weak. He recovered well and won US Open in doubles with Leander Paes. Later in the year, at New York, he won his second major double title, again with Paes. They defeated the top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan in the semifinals, ending their streak of four major titles. Paes and Štěpánek went on to defeat the second seeds Bruno Soares and Alexander Peya 6–1, 6–3 in the finals.
    In January 2012, Štěpánek won the Australian Open Men's doubles title, partnering Leander Paes.
    More Details Hide Details They beat top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the final. In April 2012, Serbia's Janko Tipsarević defeated him, 7–5, 4–6, 4–6, 6–4, 7–9, to level the Davis Cup quarterfinal at 1–1, after a stormy five-hour match. Tipsarević, Serbia's top player in the absence of world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, saved three match points before securing victory. After the match, Tipsarević accused Štěpánek of using his middle finger inappropriately during their handshake and calling him a "stinky bastard". Štěpánek denied that he did either of these things, and none of the footage taken at the match showed clearly what happened. An online photo of the hands of both players showed Štěpánek's finger folded in, but Štěpánek claims the picture was taken after he was already pulling his hand back. Neither this photo nor footage provided by a Czech TV station conclusively support Tipsarević´s version of the events. Štěpánek later stated that what he actually said to Tipsarević was "You don't need to cheat", referring to Tipsarević's winning a point after the ball had bounced twice and erasing a mark before the chair umpire could check whether the ball was in or out.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    Štěpánek exited the 2011 French Open in the first round, losing in straight sets to Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Gaël Monfils in the final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic.
    Štěpánek began the 2011 season with a third successive appearance at the 2011 Brisbane International, hoping for a third successive finals appearance, despite only being ranked no. 62.
    More Details Hide Details For the first round he was drawn against world no. 67, German Tobias Kamke. Despite struggling for the first set, he eventually won, 5–7, 6–1, 6–4, to set up a second-round match against Mardy Fish, the fourth seed in the tournament. Štěpánek blazed through the match, thrashing the world no. 16 Fish, 6–3, 6–1. In the quarterfinals against seventh seed and world no. 37 Florian Mayer, he had a dominant start, leading 5–1 in the first set, before Mayer managed to break his serve. However, he continued his winning streak, emerging victorious, 6–3, 6–3, to place himself in the first semifinal against Robin Söderling, where he lost.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    He married former top-ten Czech tennis player Nicole Vaidišová in 2010. They separated in 2013. For several months he dated Czech Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová. They split in April 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Štěpánek is coached by former Australian Open champion Petr Korda. He endorses ALEA clothing and Nike shoes and was sponsored by Bosworth racquets, but has recently been seen using Head racquets. Czech football goalkeeper Jaromír Blažek is his cousin. As of 2016 US Open.
    Seeded 13th at the 2010 Australian Open, he lost in the first round to Ivo Karlović in five sets, 6–2, 6–7, 4–6, 6–3, 4–6.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    Štěpánek started his 2009 season at the Brisbane International with a new Bosworth racquet, where he claimed his third ATP title after coming back from a set down to defeat Fernando Verdasco, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details Then, at the Australian Open, he made it to the third round and was overpowered by Verdasco, 4–6, 0–6, 0–6. At the SAP Open in San Jose, he won his fourth ATP singles title, beating American Mardy Fish in a three-set final. He also snapped a four-match losing streak in the tournament against Andy Roddick, upsetting him 3–6, 7–6, 6–4 in the semifinals. He also captured the doubles title after teaming up with German Tommy Haas, making it his first time to win the singles and doubles titles at the same tournament. In the Davis Cup first round tie against France, he lost his opening match to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets. However, he regained his confidence and won the doubles rubber the next day and his second singles match against Gilles Simon in straight sets to give the Czech Republic a berth in the quarterfinals. Then, in the Davis Cup quarterfinals, he won the deciding fifth rubber to lead his country to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Štěpánek battled Ivo Karlović to a 6–7, 7–6, 7–6, 6–7, 16–14 victory in a marathon opener in which the 82 games played equalled the highest number in a Davis Cup rubber since the introduction of the tiebreak in 1989. In that match, he was aced 78 times, but overall hit more winners, over 170 (including service winners). The match was one of the longest in the history of the Davis Cup, lasting 5 hours and 59 minutes.
  • 2008
    Age 29
    In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he lost to Michaël Llodra in the first round in three sets. Štěpánek finished the season ranked no. 27, but attended the year-end Masters Cup as an alternate.
    More Details Hide Details He was vacationing in Thailand and so was able to come to the tournament held in Shanghai without delay. Since he did not have his own tennis gear which got stuck in customs (they were sent from home), he had to borrow a racquet from Novak Djokovic and socks from Andy Murray. After Andy Roddick pulled out due to injury before his second match, Štěpánek entered the tournament with two round-robin ties to play against Roger Federer and Gilles Simon. He gave the second seed Federer a tough match, losing 6–7, 4–6. But he was beaten comprehensively by Simon, 1–6, 4–6.
    In 2008, he achieved some good results such as reaching the final in San Jose, but losing to Andy Roddick.
    More Details Hide Details He also made it to the semifinals in the Rome Masters, losing to Novak Djokovic after he retired due to heat exhaustion.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Štěpánek was engaged to Swiss tennis star Martina Hingis, but they split up in August 2007.
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    Earlier in 2007, he won his second ATP singles title, beating James Blake in Los Angeles in three sets.
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    In the second round of the 2007 US Open, Štěpánek played a match against third seed Novak Djokovic, which he ended up losing after 4 hours and 44 minutes of play in a fifth-set tiebreak, 7–6, 6–7, 7–5, 5–7, 6–7.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    Earlier in 2006, he won his first ATP singles title, beating Christophe Rochus in Rotterdam, but he had yet to progress beyond the third round of a Grand Slam tournament until he got into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon beating Frank Dancevic, Xavier Malisse, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando Verdasco, before he was eliminated by 34-year-old Jonas Björkman, after holding match point at 7–6 in the fourth-set tie-break.
    More Details Hide Details This performance helped Štěpánek break into the top 10 and achieve his highest world ranking of no. 8. However, after Wimbledon, Štěpánek was out of action for the rest of the year due to a chronic neck injury.
    2006 was Štěpánek's best year to date; he found himself on the verge of getting into the top ten of ATP rankings, as he defeated José Acasuso in the semi-finals of the Masters Series event in Hamburg.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to lose the final in straight sets against Spain's Tommy Robredo. At that point, he achieved a career-high ATP world ranking of No. 11 in singles.
  • 2003
    Age 24
    Štěpánek first came to mainstream notice when he defeated former World No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten in five sets on his way to the third round of the 2003 Australian Open.
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  • 1996
    Age 17
    Štěpánek turned professional in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details He started on tour as a doubles specialist, winning 12 ATP titles. Since 2002, Štěpánek has focused on being a better singles player while still playing top-level doubles. He is known for his after-the-shot grunting, his over-the-top celebrations and his many relationships with WTA players.
  • 1978
    Born on November 27, 1978.
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