Why did Kubot choose to play this over Johannesburg? And come to it why Ferrer the other way around?
1. Kubot isn't a natural born s&v-er contrary to what some people think here because of recent good doubles results. He feels safe when courts are slow and can employ serve and volleying as only one of the tactics, it's a relatively new development in his game. He was never brilliant on grass, be it slow or fast.
2. Marach loves slows courts as well and is not too fond of fast hard or grass, at least he wasn't a few years ago.