Originally Posted by Frommage A Trois
Koubek loves the 5 setters and come on Koubek, but Ferrero will win.
exactly, the problem with Koubek is that he really has the ability to play very well, but you can defeat him easily if you destroy his hopes early in the set. (e.g. breaking him, racing to a 3-0 or 4-1 lead). Koubek is IMO the ultimate tanker, if seen it so many times, if he sees he hasn't got anymore a chance in a set he totally tanks it, especially in a best-of-five, even when he is down just one early break and he doesn't care if he's losing 0-6 or 1-6. Meanwhile Koubek also was upset with a wrong call and he lost his rhythm badly. I'm quite sure if Bogomolov Jr. would have taken one his early break points in the first game of the fifth set Koubek would be done and he also choked towards the end a bit where Bogomolov Jr. had even the chance to come back from two breaks down with Koubek serving for the match for the 2nd time.
BTW... positive news for Koubek are that his shoulder is much better again than it was at Long Island when it was acting up.
If Koubek has a good day I'm sure he is able to challenge Ferrero (and he can even win against him), but if not or if Ferrero can finally play like in 2003, Koubek will IMO get blown out by Ferrero.