Re: 3 Weeks In Asia (Asian Season 2012) - Beijing
Some thoughts on Richard's loss to Radek:
I think his opponent was just better in all department.. I think especially the return of serve and the movement. Stepanek got so many good shots that Richard hit off his forehand (he is hitting his forehand well for third straight tournament!!!). IN the end, Richard fell apart mentally after getting a break in second set, but first set he played well, it's just Radek was better. It may look like a disappointing result, but on any fast surface, Richard would struggle with player like Stepanek, because he rushes Richard on every shot, moves great, serves good, returns good and volleys at higher level.
I hope he won't get discouraged and will continue playing aggressive with his forehand and if he does, then I am sure we will see Richard in top 8 next year. I have no doubt if he continues to play this way, good things will happen.
As I am writing this, Stepanek just won first set against Murray 6-4 playing just as well if not better as against Richard.