Tipsarevic sparkles for Serbia to book Davis Cup final showdown with France

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Janko Tipsarevic was Serbia's hero after he beat Radek Stepanek in the decisive rubber to propel his country to their first Davis Cup final with a nerve-jangling 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

The often inconsistent Tipsarevic capped an outstanding individual weekend, having also beaten Tomas Berdych on Friday, by sweeping aside Stepanek 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 to power the Serbs into a home showdown against the nine-times champions France.

Earlier yesterday, Novak Djokovic had pulled Serbia level at 2-2 after he beat Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in three hours 14 minutes in front of 18,000 passionate home fans in the Belgrade Arena.

It was Tipsarevic who sent the capacity crowd into raptures with a flawless performance which saw him take the opening set in just 23 minutes, allowing Stepanek to win only seven points.

"This was a fairy-tale end to the tie, I have to thank the crowd for their fantastic support – they brought us back from the dead," Tipsarevic said. "I am glad I saved my best tennis for the national team in a match of this magnitude."