Spectacular Stepanek retires at 38

Radek Stepanek officially ended his long lasting pro career, which started in 1996.

The Czech underwent back surgery this March, but struggled to regain his fitness. Reaching a low singles career of 348 in the World, Radek had to throw the towel.

Stepanek was highly regarded as a doubles specialist, winning Australian Open and US Open in 2012 and 2013 respectively, alongside Leander Paes. With the same partner he won 2 Masters, Shanghai and Miami, in 2012 as well.

2012 and 2013 proved to be two of the most successful years in his career, as he claimed two world titles with Czech Republic, alongside Thomas Berdych and co.

Besides the doubles and Davis Cup success, the 38 years old managed to win five singles titles. He was regarded as a dangerous opponent, managing shocking upsets on greats like Federer, Murray and Djokovic. He was never taken lightly, as he was working hard for each point, returning as many points as possible.

Grand Slam wise, his best result was in 2006, when he reached the Quarter Finals. In the same year, he reached his highest ranking in singles, world number eight.

Known for his big heart, he has given his best on the court.

Farewell, Radek Stepanek, thank you for the memories!

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