"Obviously being so close, it's always tough to absorb," Stepanek said, "but to play on such a stage, in front of such a crowd, it's been a pleasure."
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"The final in Barcelona (in 2009) was a great experience for us that we can learn from," Stepanek said. "Our two biggest advantages are that we have a choice of the surface and we have our fans behind us. And certainly, they miss Nadal."
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