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Davis Cup Final Barcelona 2009
CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP FINAL: CZECH REPUBLIC vs SPAIN
December 3, 2009
THE MODERATOR: Ladies and
gentlemen, we can begin now. First question, please.
Q. I would like
to know from Berdych and Stepanek if you've seen the last results of Nadal and
if you are more optimistic about this Davis Cup match or do you think about on
clay everything is changing? RADEK STEPANEK: No, I think definitely last
matches didn't went Rafa's way as he is used to. I said once all the guys gonna
step on clay on their home surface, the situation will completely change. I
think we are expecting Rafa in the hundred percent shape. There is no other way
to expect him to be ready. TOMAS BERDYCH: I just would like to add that it
doesn't help to his confidence after losing three matches in a row. But, as
Radek said, I just have to agree with him, that he's gonna play back home on
clay and it's gonna be completely different match for him.
are you surprised that you'll be seeing David Ferrer tomorrow as opposed to
Fernando Verdasco, who has obviously been the more player for them this year?
RADEK STEPANEK: I've been guessing little bit since there were rumors
that Fernando is not feeling well from the health-wise. And, you know, I'm not
surprised. I said every player in the Spanish team is on the highest level and
doesn't matter who it's gonna be. It's gonna be very tough much either way.
If Fernando didn't feel ready, you know, I know what is it for
responsibility to go in the match and doesn't feel healthy. So, yeah, I was
ready for either of them, and I'm looking forward to that match.
Captain, Czech Republic has been traditionally a land of great players. It's not
easy to make it to the final of a Davis Cup. Is this historic or just a normal
day? CAPTAIN NAVRATIL: It's not historic. It's just a good Czech tennis
school. We have Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych now and I hope is coming other
young players for our country.
Q. How do you beat Spain on clay
because the record shows they're unbeatable in almost 10 years? How do you beat
them, Radek and Tomas? RADEK STEPANEK: I think the tactic is pretty
simple: to win three match points in the three matches out of five, then we are
fine. But definitely it's going to be a difficult job to do it. But we have
respect in front of the Spain team. But we came here to fight for our three
points over the weekend, and we gonna do everything for that.
Jaroslav, you've won the doubles all year long with Radek and Tomas, why switch
it up here? CAPTAIN NAVRATIL: Always is very important point for the
victory. So now is going good; they won last five matches. I think and I hope
Q. Tomas, you had a little off-court difficulty in your
match with Nadal in Madrid a few years ago. Do you think that will play any part
in your match with him tomorrow? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't think so.
I mean, it's quite a long time ago and everybody I think just forgot that. I
mean, since that time there is no problem between me and Rafael. I think it's
just really a long time ago, and I don't think this small thing has a part in
this game. I mean, this is a final. Is going to be everything different. We
can be looking for other things. This is really long. There is no other problems
between each other.
Q. To the captain and the two doubles players.
When you think about the doubles, do you think you are favored? What is the
difference playing two lefties, if you can explain to us if it is more
difficult, and if you have played against two lefties? LUKAS DLOUHY: So
I think it's not big difference to play against two lefty guys. Once you get
used to it, to the left serves, everything is different, so I think it's not a
big difference to play against two lefties. CAPTAIN NAVRATIL: Feliciano
López and Fernando Verdasco are a good team. They play together on the
tournament. We have to expect that they are strong team, too. You know, maybe
that doubles, we have to see first after the first day how is going the singles,
and then we will see.
Q. Radek or Tomas, nine years ago when they
played the final here, they had a lot of football fans in and it made for a very
interesting atmosphere, where a lot of the away team's winners were booed. Are
you prepared for a crowd that is very, very passionate for Spain in a way that
is not generally accustomed in tennis matches? RADEK STEPANEK: You know,
we are expecting that definitely the home crowd is gonna be behind the Spanish
team. You know, as we know, this stadium is pretty big, you know, to fit 18,000
people. It's amazing. I believe that the atmosphere is gonna be great. I
hope even they are not related the fans with the tennis, they will keep the
level of fair play. If they gonna boo us, that happens sometimes. But, as I
said, I hope it's gonna be in a fair play level and everybody's gonna enjoy the
tennis. We see how it's gonna go. One more thing. I think the Spain crowd is
very sport country, which I was able to see, you know, at the soccer matches and
everywhere. So I believe it's gonna be, you know, very exciting for even players
and the fans as well.
Q. Tomas, you have to start tomorrow playing
against the No. 1, Rafael Nadal. Is that something you prefer? Do you like
starting for the first point or would you prefer to have ended up playing the
second point? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I would say that for me it's fine to
start at that time. You know you're going to go on court and you can get all
your rhythm properly and you can just get ready for the match, then at 4:00 just
go to the court and try your best. For me, it's quite a good schedule for
the next day. I'm going to try my best to fight for the first point.
Q. Tomas, you've lost your last four against Rafael. Rafael is coming
in here on a very bad streak, three losses at the ATP World Finals. Could you
ask for a better time to play Rafael than now? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well,
there is still one thing, as Radek said before: yeah, Rafael lost all the three
matches in the World Finals, but still he gonna play at home, he's gonna play on
clay. That's his best surface, and he always like to play on this one. I
don't think it's going to make any big changes. He's going to be ready for the
match, and I have to prepare for myself hundred percent to be ready and try my
best, and then there is a chance to score the first point.
and Tomas, you usually play the tournament in Barcelona. You got to the semis.
Do they treat you right in Barcelona for the past years? When you come here, do
you feel like home? RADEK STEPANEK: You know, if they would treat us
right, we would have a couple of titles at home. No, I'm joking. No, during
the tournament, they took great care of us. I was always feeling good playing
here in Barcelona. I was always enjoying the city and everything. I know that
the Barcelona tournament has one special thing, which is the announcer for the
matches. That's memorable. I hope that it's gonna keep going with the guy as
long as is possible because it's pretty funny when he's calling the matches
during the tournament.