Re: 2012 DC Final CZE - ESP
Agree that Berdych playing 2 singles and doubles can be tough, but between WTF-DC is enough time to rest so basically he will play just those 3 matches and have time to rest till AO.
Now i believe it really isn´t important if Nadal-Ferrer or Ferrer-Almagro or Ferrer-Lopez will be ESP singles. Stepanek i think will loose both of his singles matches, his 1st match he will play ESP No.1 either Rafa or David- no way he win this, than doubles and if he must play 5th tie he will be tired and Almagro, Lopez should be favorites vs him- not even talking if Ferrer will be ESP No.2 no chance.
So i think Berdych must win 3 points including doubles where CZE should be favorit. Even 5sets on fast indoor court should be ,,quick,, match to have energy to play 4th rubber vs Nadal/Ferrer - ESP No.1
I really think it doesn´t matter if Rafa will play or not, this tie is on Berdych racuqet and choice of right surface for him-i hope it will be fast HC or carpet- + indoor conditions favour guys with weapons and both Ferrer and Nadal would prefer to play outdoors with wind, hot temperature, sun and so on, Berdych indoors on fast surface must have very bad day to loose to either of them. His 1st serve will be even bigger weapon than normally, his agressive game will give him more winners and Forced errors from ESP player than normally, he can kill those 2nd serves at return, he can even go to the net.
Now i really think Nadal is overrated here, even if he will play - he is indoors half the player outdoors, + on faster surfaces he is clearly not such good, than his confidence won´t be good. If Nadal will play indoor season or Asia or just WTF - no way he will do good, he will be average at best- no confidence, not in form vs Berdych indoors fast surface - i really can´t see NAdal to be favorite here no matter H2H. Don´t forget he will play after weeks-even months without ATP tour level tennis - he can practice yes but it is not the same like playing top guys at tournaments.