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12 November 2012

Could surface be the key for Czech Republic?


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The question on everyone's lips ahead of this year's Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final in Prague is whether the surface at the O2 Arena will play into the hands of the Czech Republic and give them the necessary edge to defeat defending champions Spain.

Leading the charge for the visitors will be David Ferrer, who has been in fine form on indoor hard courts of late. The likeable Spaniard won his first ATP Masters-1000 title at Paris before narrowly missing out on reaching the semifinals at the World Tour FInals last week.

Ferrer explained in his press conference at London's O2 Arena that he will be waiting to pass judgement on the court until he has had his first practice at the venue of the same name in Prague this week.

Another player looking in great shape despite his status as one of the elder statesmen on tour is Radek Stepanek. The Czech, speaking exclusively with Chris Bowers, says he is hopeful that his federation will have paid heed to his calls to put down the quickest surface possible and can't wait to have a chance to avenge his loss to Spain in 2009's Davis Cup Final.

There are also views from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and London 2012 gold medallist and reigning US Open champion Andy Murray as to who they think will win this weekend in Prague.

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David Ferrer (ESP) - 10/11/2012

Radek Stepanek (CZE) - 10/11/2012

Novak Djokovic (SRB) - 11/11/2012

Andy Murray (GBR) - 09/11/2012

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