I'm not convinced the weather was the deciding factor, but clearly it was very different conditions, and Berdych was very disgruntled and acting hard done by about it. He's going to come in to this match determined to prove a point from the get go.
It's hard not to notice that Federer has his dream group, and that Andy's could have been kinder, but there's not anything that can be done, so I'm reassuring myself with the fact that if he makes it through the heats, he's likely to get an easier semi-final.
I'm also happy that he's playing Monday, Wednesday, Friday as it will give him a day off if he does get to the semis.
His service was compromised and that was a huge deal for him but I still expected Andy to come through, because he was more determined and Berdych had a tougher qtr final, where he took one of the favourites out - Federer.
Berdych will be more determined here but so will be Andy. I really wanted Berdych to make the final in Paris and perhaps win too. That would have left him tired next week and there was this danger of him falling in Andy's group and sure enough, that is the case. But I don't think Berdych is all that fresh anyway. Andy should be fresher.
Also, this very first match against Berdych might help Andy more because there will be less pressure on Andy; as opposed to the fact, had he had to play others first and if there was a loss in those matches, that would have created more pressure for Andy to win the match against Berdych.
I believe the tournament organizers was once again very kind to Federer as they really like to see him in the semi and possibly in the final.