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Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

am I the only one that thinks they have a better shot on clay?
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Yes.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Not sure about Beck, but Hrbaty on clay Even i know that Two years here have been really helpful

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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

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am I the only one that thinks they have a better shot on clay?
They won all their previous ties at home on that surface. Besides, it is not clear they would get any advantage on clay, since Beck could lose both his matches and they would lose in the doubles as well.
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Not sure about Beck, but Hrbaty on clay Even i know that Two years here have been really helpful
It's the other way around. Hrbaty is good on clay, he reached the semis of Roland Garros, before going down to the eventual champion Agassi. Beck is pretty hopeless on clay.

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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Beck is rubbish on clay.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Hrbaty hasn't been good on clay for a long time, especially since he changed his forehand. There would have been no gain for Slovakia to play on clay.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

GWH is correct.

Dominik's days of being best on clay are long since gone. He is still extremely competent on it though, and his fitness makes it a good surface for him. The way his game has evolved, however, makes medium paced hard courts his best surface.

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Karol doesn't win on clay. Ever.


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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Problem for Slovakia is their surface preferences match the Croatian surface preferences.
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Is the same surface than in the previous ties against Spain, Argentina.... ??

That surface was carpet , not hard court , although Davis cup site said premier hard court blah blah blah ...
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

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Hrbaty hasn't been good on clay for a long time, especially since he changed his forehand. There would have been no gain for Slovakia to play on clay.
His forehand is akward. His swing is How was it before?

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GWH is correct.

Dominik's days of being best on clay are long since gone. He is still extremely competent on it though, and his fitness makes it a good surface for him. The way his game has evolved, however, makes medium paced hard courts his best surface.
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Simple reason...

Beck's game is ineffective on clay and Ljubo and Ancic would gain more ground on him for their respective match - ups...not that it really matters now

Kucera definitely wouldn't stand a chance on clay I don't think.

As GWH said, Hrbaty is no longer as good on clay as he was, although he probably would have stood more chance of beating Ljubo on the dirt.
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Re: Why did Slovakia choose a hard surface for the final???

Kucera lost to Fish on clay in Slovak Republic two years ago in DC playoffs.

Beck lost to Roddick on day three of that tie.

Croatia is not that great on clay (esp. Karlovic) but Slovak Republic would still have lost as Beck and Kucera are definitely worse.

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