- Radek Štěpánek
Infobox Tennis player
playername= Radek Štěpánek
Monte Carlo, Monaco
datebirth= birth date and age|1978|11|27
weight= convert|75|kg|lb st|abbr=on|lk=on
plays= Right-handed; two-handed backhand
highestsinglesranking= No. 8 (July 10, 2006)
AustralianOpenresult= 3R (2003, 2005, 2007)
FrenchOpenresult= 4R (2008)
Wimbledonresult= QF (2006)
USOpenresult= 3R (2003, 2008)
highestdoublesranking= No. 13 (September 16, 2002)
updated = October 6, 2008
Radek Štěpánek (born
November 27, 1978in Karviná) is a professional tennisplayer from the Czech Republic. His sponsors include Volkl, Alea, and České dráhy.
Štěpánek turned professional in
1996. He started on tour as a doubles specialist, winning 12 ATP titles. Since 2002, Stepanek has focused on being a better singles player while still playing top level doubles. 2006was 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 Acasusoin the semifinals of the Masters Seriesevent in Hamburg. 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.
Earlier in 2006, he won his first ATP singles title, beating
Christophe Rochusin Rotterdam, but he had yet to progress beyond the 3rd round of a Grand Slam tournament until he got into the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, where he was eliminated by 34-year-old Jonas Björkman, after holding match point at 7–6 in the 4th set tiebreak.
This performance helped Štěpánek break into the top 10 and achieve his highest world ranking of No. 8. However after Wimbledon, Stepanek was out of action for the rest of the year due to a chronic neck injury.
In the second round of the 2007 U.S. Open, Štěpánek played a superb match against third seed
Novak Djokovic, which he ended up losing after 4h44 of play in the ultimate tie-break of the fifth set. Although he lost the match, his defeat was a close one [7-6 (4), 6–7 (5), 7–5, 5–7, 6–7 (2)] .
In 2008, he achieved some good results such as reaching the final in San Jose but lost to
Andy Roddick. He also made it to the semifinals in the Rome masters losing to Novak Djokovic after he retired. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he lost to Michael Llodrain the first round in 3 sets. The final score was 6-4, 6-7 (5), 9-11.
He had been engaged to Swiss tennis star
Martina Hingis, but split up in August 2007. [ [http://www.womenstennisblog.com/2007/08/11/martina-hignis-and-radek-stepanek-break-up/ Martina Hignis and Radek Stepanek break up | Martina Hingis ] ] [ [http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKL1111708120070811?feedType=RSS&feedName=tennisNews Tennis-Hingis and Stepanek split up | Sports | Tennis | Reuters ] ] He also owns a condominiumin Bradenton, Florida. He is coached by former Australian Openchampion Petr Korda.
ATP Tour Titles (14)
*A = did not participate in the tournament.
* [http://steveghelper.com/MatchResults.php?players=Stepanek&weeks=12 Štěpánek Recent Match Results]
* [http://steveghelper.com/RankingHistory.php?player=Stepanek Štěpánek World Ranking History]
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