Who will win the 2012 Davis Cup Czech Republic vs. Spain? (Berdych having some fun)
Going to be held in the Czech Republic and definitely not on a slow surface. Spain have won too many times as of late, but the Czechs better hope that Stepanek or Berdych don't get hurt that they miss the final?
__________________ “ 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".
Originally Posted by Filo V.
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.
70-30 for the Czechs. The Czechs should win the doubles but that will require Berdych to play 3 days consecutively which may sap his energy - Granollers/Lopez just made the US Open SF, Lopez has won IW doubles title twice etc. so they're not bad on hardcourts and not necessarily easy to put away...
Berdych v Ferrer - Berdych favoured but Ferrer is higher ranked and think won against him at WTF last year. Can see it going 5
Alamgro v Stepanek - Think Almagro takes this.
Berdych v Almagro - MATCH OF THE TIE!! Hope there's some hitting at each other.
Ferrer v Stepanek - Ferrer takes this.
WIll come down to how Ferrer and Berdcyh play. I don't see them using Rosol as though he had that win against Nadal he couldn't even qualify for the US Open so hardly consistent!
If Nadal plays (which I really doubt) then Spain are favoured a bit. Good match up. Better than another Spain/Argentina lovefest on clay. A different atmosphere and different surface.
Don´t thin it will be such important, they need to beat STepanek 2x and win doubles, but Berdych on fast surface indoors with no wind will beat Rafa finally - Rafa if will play his confidence will be low, because he won´t win much indoors or in Asia - if he will play in Asia already, after WTF his confidence and form won´t be good for sure. I belive Berdych will finally beat Nadal after long years.
Doubles will be key imho. I remember Lopez/Verdasco winning the doubles more or less comfortably in 2009, but that was different circumstances - slow-ass-clay and Stepanek had lost a 5-set-epic against Pics the day before.
If the Czechs can win the Doubles, they might be in with a shout. Still consider Spain to be slight favorites, much will depend on Tomas. He probably won't win a GS title so this will be his great chance for glory (and yes, I'd definitely consider the DC a bigger title than Bercy 2005).
On winning DC and its overall importance in the discussion for all-time greats
Originally Posted by Orbis
Davis Cup should never have really mattered in the GOAT discussion anyway since it's a team event. If you're talking about the GOAT singles player then you should mainly look at individual results. If some unknown talent came out of some random tiny country (no chance to win DC) and won 20 slams, no one would give a single shit if that player didn't have DC. The fact is, success in DC is largely determined by what country you come from or play for in the first place, which most players haven't had any control over.