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Berdych hopes improve his performance in India
Tomas Berdych seen here in Chennai, India on Sunday, January 2, 2011
Monday, January 03, 2011
Chennai: World Number six Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic, the top seeded at the
Chennai Open 2011, hopes to improve on his previous performance in India when he
finished runner-up in 2006 Kingfisher Open in Mumbai.
Memories (of my
first Indian visit) are nice. I lost to (Dimitry) Tursunov 7-6 in the third set.
Id like to keep my winning line (and will) try to do even better, said
Ive changed quite a lot and have acquired more experience. I
am a much better player now, he added.
The 25-year-old, although
reached the final of Wimbledon and the season-ending ATP World Tour Masters in
Miami, but could not win either of the titles, yet the Czech star is keen to
take positives from those defeats.
I reached the finals of two major
tournaments but could not win. However, I am happy that I reached a Grand Slam
final. I think it was a great result, said Berdych.
When asked to comment on his record against world number 1 Rafael Nadal, against
whom he has lost his last eight matches, Berdych said, Right now probably he
deserves to be number one. In my opinion he is the one who has improved the most
out of all current players.
(Beating Nadal) is not going to happen all
the time, but I think Ill beat him at least once in the foreseeable future, he
Berdych also said that the fact that
Nadal was a left-handed worked in the Spaniards favour.
His big weapon
is the fact that he is a leftie. We dont play those kind of players often.
Were not used to it and it is not that easy, he said.
Berdych, who has won two of his three matches against world number 2 Roger
Federer last year, said beating the former No 1 player in Wimbledon
quarterfinals in 2010 was special.
We all know about the memories of
Roger on Centre Court, he said.
Berdych said he would pick Wimbledon if
asked to choose a title he could win this year.
My first semifinal in a
Grand Slam came on clay (French Open 2010), which I never expected. Then came
Wimbledon (where I lost in the final to Nadal). You cannot choose, but if it has
to be one, it is London, he said.
The tennis star, who is on his first
visit to the city, said he opted to participate in the Chennai Open because it
is on the way to Melbourne, where the Australian Open will take place.
Asked whether the ATP schedule is tough, he said, There have been
discussions and Ive heard that the next season (2012) is going to be two weeks
Berdych said his goals for the season are to stay healthy,
fit and be prepared.