DC CZE 3 BEL 0: Berdych/Stepanek def. Vliegen/Rochus 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

DC CZE 3 BEL 0: Berdych/Stepanek def. Vliegen/Rochus 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4

osalsyst
02-09-2008, 05:39 PM
What a match or what a scoreline I should say. The Czechs had 40-0 on serve down 5-6 in the fourth before the Belgians won 5 straight points to take it to a fifth. Two dead rubbers tomorrow now.

Tom Paulman
02-09-2008, 05:39 PM
:worship:

TankingTheSet
02-09-2008, 05:42 PM
Any Czech want comment on the poker play by the Czech coach? I mean if they had won the doubles Belgium would have had a realistic chance to win the tie with a rested Darcis and a tired Berdych/Stepanek.

TMJordan
02-09-2008, 05:43 PM
Any Czech want comment on the poker play by the Czech coach? I mean if they had won the doubles Belgium would have had a realistic chance to win the tie with a rested Darcis and a tired Berdych/Stepanek.

Darcis was never going to beat Berdych ;)

TankingTheSet
02-09-2008, 05:45 PM
Darcis was never going to beat Berdych ;)

Normally I would agree, but not in the circumstances of him being tired with all the pressure on...

Midnight Express
02-09-2008, 05:45 PM
Another great doubles match by Radek/Tomas, being down set and break with Rochus serving for second set! Berdych with slow start, making many net-errors...the same old story like against Swizzz.

GREAT MATCH GREAT GREAT GREAT!!! :devil:

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Lunaris
02-09-2008, 05:50 PM
Any Czech want comment on the poker play by the Czech coach? I mean if they had won the doubles Belgium would have had a realistic chance to win the tie with a rested Darcis and a tired Berdych/Stepanek.
I too was surprised by Navratil's decision, but it worked in the end. :worship:

TankingTheSet
02-09-2008, 05:52 PM
I too was surprised by Navratil's decision, but it worked in the end. :worship:

I think he was lucky -- it was just taking a stupid risk for no good reason at all. If Belgium had taken the fifth set all the pressure would be on the Czechs. A rested Berdych would have been a certainty tomorrow.

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 05:58 PM
I think he was lucky -- it was just taking a stupid risk for no good reason at all. If Belgium had taken the fifth set all the pressure would be on the Czechs. A rested Berdych would have been a certainty tomorrow.

Come on you are being over the top here slightly. It didn't effect them when they made the WG against the Swiss. Yes, the same team was used in the same way and it worked.

Berdych was not likely to lose and he is quite fit and Stepanek over Rochus.

TMJordan
02-09-2008, 05:59 PM
Normally I would agree, but not in the circumstances of him being tired with all the pressure on...

You may be right, we never no with Berdych, but the chances of him and Radek losing tommorow were slim.

I think the Czechs should have just played their doubles team and still won :shrug:

Action Jackson
02-09-2008, 06:01 PM
Moot point, the Czechs are in the QFs.

Lunaris
02-09-2008, 06:09 PM
I think he was lucky -- it was just taking a stupid risk for no good reason at all. If Belgium had taken the fifth set all the pressure would be on the Czechs. A rested Berdych would have been a certainty tomorrow.
He consulted it with all 4 players yesterday evening and this morning, so I understand it was a consensus of the whole team. Plus it's been already mentioned that it worked the same way against Switzerland.

valexie03
02-09-2008, 06:11 PM
You may be right, we never no with Berdych, but the chances of him and Radek losing tommorow were slim.

I think the Czechs should have just played their doubles team and still won :shrug:

I agree. The Czech coach gives the impression there are only 2 good Czech tennis players while they also have excellent doubles players. Let's hope he gives at least one of them the chance to play a match tomorrow.

scarecrows
02-09-2008, 06:12 PM
I think the Czechs should have just played their doubles team and still won :shrug:

yeah, Dlouhy-Visner are both solid doubles players

Zirconek
02-09-2008, 06:13 PM
Don't forget Stepanek is a good doubles player ;)

TankingTheSet
02-09-2008, 06:13 PM
Well it worked twice in a row, but having experience with gambling the odds and risk/reward ratio just don't click with me. In some way the decision has similarities with going all in on a 0.50 favourite -- you win most of the time but risk losing all.

Merton
02-09-2008, 06:29 PM
Congrats to the Czechs, as for using Berdych/Stepanek in doubles it may very well be that they have the Olympics in mind. There was no real risk for the outcome of the tie anyway.

shotgun
02-09-2008, 11:06 PM
Navratil seems to think Dlouhy/Vizner is a shite team. :confused:

Anyway, the Czechs with both Berdych and Stepanek are very tough to beat at home ties.