Finally Knowle won't play double with Melzer ?? Good news for us !!!
I'm not sure that it is actually. I saw him as a hindrance...his level and fitness have dropped over the last couple of years. Marach isn't reliable, but on a good day he isn't a bad player, as his doubles ranking suggests, and he and Melzer can combine to be a reasonable partnership. The question, for me, is whether Benneteau is up for the task. If he is, the French doubles are probably too classy for the Austrians. If he isn't, Llodra will need to be very sharp.
Either way, I think the Austrians made a wise decision with Marach.
I sense that both sides are holding back a trick for Sunday (assuming that the tie is still open). I could see Llodra being used in the 5th rubber, if Chardy plays poorly against Melzer (and assuming that the doubles isn't too tough). Equally, I'm not convinced that Koubek will see a great deal of action. Against Simon it probably doesn't matter, but I'll be shocked if Fischer doesn't play at some stage during the tie. After all, Fischer is the immediate future for Austrian tennis; Koubek is virtually finished, and there is nothing much to gain by playing him.