Saw Llodra outclassing Novak today. This guy deserves to be on the team, unlike Richard he really really wanted. When Richard played Novak few weeks ago, I did not get the feeling he wanted a part of it. After Monfil's win I am pretty sure the team is set right now. Richard most likely get 5th spot, which is probably where he is most comfortable at this point.
Agree that after Llodra's win the team is pretty much set, same as against Agrentina (unless Benneteau replaces Clement but he hasn't yet played). However a slower court, in Belgrade and not France and best of 5 sets, not 3 may result in a completely different outcome for Llodra but yes he clearly deserves a singles spot.
I do NOT agree that Richard did not want it, just because he lost, played like crap against Novak doesn't mean he didn't want it, I think he wanted it TOO much and as is so often the case with him, he couldn't rise to the occasion. But I also sense that Richard is satisfied just being a part of the team and not having the pressuuure and spotlight of playing a DC singles so maybe you are right and he really didn't want it
ALthough he did seem to REALLY want to beat Mahut.
Guess the only question is SImon or Richard for the #5 spot and judging by the past few weeks RIchard is the better option. Whatever...just hope Richard gets a good chance to rest and work on what HE needs to work on (which is a lot) over the off season and not just be the DC Team cheerleader again.