|Posted on July 6, 2009 at 11:24 AM|
The Czechs have arrived in Ostrava for the Davis Cup quarter finals and are now training on 'Taraflex'.
Questions to Tomas:
- Is it a big switch from Wimbledon grass to Ostrava 'Taraflex' ?
TB: No, no. It's very similar to grass. Anyway we have no other option for playing Davis Cup. We have no outdoor courts.
- What about the movment on 'Taraflex'?
TB: This is just a little different than on grass, but it's even better. It's synthetic rubber. It's easier to play on Taraflex, a pretty fast surface that suits my game.
"We are accustomed to this surface, and nothing can surprise us" said Tomas Berdych.
Tomas Berdych during a practice session
The Argentinian team is now training at the CEZ Arena in Ostrava
Argentina hopes to overcome a fast court and the absence of David Nalbandian to beat the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup and reach its sixth semis in the last eight years.
"The surface is too fast for us, but we're training to be in good shape for Friday, Saturday and Sunday" fifth-ranked Juan Martin Del Potro said Tuesday ahead of the best-of-five series in Ostrava.
"We have very good players, very good coach, so we hope to be prepared for these matches."
'Pico' Juan Monaco during a training session on Monday, July 6, 2009
Argentina trained in Paris before travelling east to Ostrava to play the Czech Republic with the visiting team led by Juan Del Potro as David Nalbandian recovers from spring hip surgery.
The Czechs have laid down a fast carpet which they hope will benefit Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Ivo Minar and Lukas Dlouhy.
Number five Del Potro will be backed up by Juan Monaco, Jose Acasuso and Leonardo Mayer.
'Our main concern is the surface,' said new Argentina captain Tito Vasquez. 'It's not the type we like, it's fast synthetic.'
'We know how important game this tie is, but the pressure in on them.'