THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, Tomas Berdych. Questions, please.
Q. How would you rate your performance today? Were you surprised to hit quite a few aces despite the slow conditions?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah. I mean, the performance of my game was pretty good today. On the other side, it was really tough conditions today again in Paris.
I think, I would say, maybe more than to play or it was like both things, to play against Mikhail and then trying to fight with the conditions, as well.
It was tough, as well. Yeah, I'm pretty happy that I can keep serving well also in this pretty wet, cold conditions. That's what I need, a good serve so I can play aggressive and play my tennis. It's what happened today.
Q. Is your first time in semifinal in Grand Slam. How do you feel now?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, you know, it's quite a lot of emotions just coming through, and it's just too quick after the match. You know, I don't have too much time to be thinking about, that I've reached the first semifinal in Grand Slam.
But anyway, I'm feeling great, you know. It's nice to be here. It's nice to be enjoying every day playing tennis here. That's what I'm trying to be here, and it works well.
Q. Do you feel like coming to this point after this match and the way you are playing, that you have a good chance to win it all, to win the tournament? First Robin Soderling and then the final?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, just slowly with any like prediction of winning the tournament. You know, still there is another opponent in the next round which is semifinal which is gonna be really strong opponent.
You know, he reached the final last year here, so he's got a lot of experience to play here in Roland Garros. You know, he beat Roger Federer today. That's always, you know, great, great results to achieve.
So just I want to really take it same as I did all those matches before, you know. Just try to prepare for the next one, try my best on court, and whatever is gonna be next it's gonna be next.
But for me, the important one is the next match against Robin.
Q. You will meet Robin. What is the key to beat him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, we played a couple of matches, the last one in Miami where I played really good match. I won the score looks quite easily, but, you know, it's not every match that easy. That's just how it looks on the paper, you know.
So I won that match, and so it could be kind of a small advantage. But here we're gonna play best of five sets, semifinal of the Grand Slam. That's, you know, every time, you know, different position for me, especially for me, because he already reach it last year.
You know, the key maybe is well, I will be try just stay with my game as much as I can and try to profit from my strokes.
Q. You seemed to be able to move Mikhail back and forth almost at will today. Were you hitting especially well, or is that just your ordinary strength?
TOMAS BERDYCH: It's tough to say it's like special today or, you know I mean, I just trying my best, you know, today. So I don't know if it was the best results or not. I hope I can still bring something more, because still, it's gonna be some you know, another match waiting. So as long as the matches go, then you need to bring something little extra.
Yeah, I was hitting ball really well today. I felt great. You know, that's also I think very important when you play against Mikhail that you don't give him too much time because he can play really aggressive, even if he play on this slow, slow clay court.
So that was the key to keep him, you know, as far from the baseline as I can and make him run a little bit.
Q. Was the condition of the court worse or better than it was against Murray?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think it was worse, because when we played against Andy it was dark, which is not the conditions of the court. You know, it was a rain delay, so we just left the court. You know, they cover it. Then we came, you know, they prepared the court, and then we finished the match.
But today it was rain coming during the game, and I would say last few games on the one side, I think it was from the umpire on the left, it was really slippery. It was, I would say, quite dangerous.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. It was really slippery, yeah.
Q. In the beginning of the second set when you had that pouring rain, did you feel almost like a kid playing with Mikhail Youzhny with the conditions, you know, like when kids want to keep playing, whatever the conditions are? And also in the third set, at the end of third set, it was that huge roar in the crowd because they were looking at the screen and seeing the results of Federer against Soderling. Did you have a reaction on court?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, so first thing, yeah, you just said it really nice. But, no, I would stay a little bit, you know, a little bit lower with the emotions. I mean, as I said, I was trying to win every point, and as it works that good, it was just a bonus that the set the second set went pretty easily.
But I would say that the really important game which turn it really well on my side was when it was 5 3 in the first set and I was serving; I was 40 Love up, and then he gets back on deuce and that game was really close.
So, maybe if he make a break back then everything would be different; doesn't happen, so that's why it looks how it looks. And, yeah, the emotions or what the people saw on the screen, I mean, I think it was in the last game when I was serving.
Well, I just heard some, you know, noise coming from the crowd. And, well, obviously it has to be something different than our game because I was just waiting for balls. So it has to be some results, but I didn't take, you know, any attention to that and just was trying to focus on my game.
Q. Do you feel like at this point in this tournament like you're playing the best tennis in your career, like pulling all together?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, this is the question what everybody likes, you know, if I'm playing my best tennis in the career. You know, it's tough to say, because I hope not. I hope that I can still bring something more and I can keep it for long period of time.
Then it could be, you know, the really important thing what I needs to do in my game, and that's how it is.
Yeah, I'm playing well, definitely. That's right. I'm happy for it. But I just want to keep it, you know, a little bit, yeah, lower. That it's, yeah, well, kind of it's not that good and still I can bring something better for the next games.
Q. Is there an area of your game that you have worked on specifically this year? Anything that you would pinpoint that's been an improvement for you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah. I mean, it's gonna be couple of things. The first one, which is not only for this year, that's my movement on the court.
You know, because with my tall and everything, my well, big body, it's really tough to move well on the court, and that was the thing what I needs to improve. So far it looks like that it works, and it was a good job made with my coach.
The other thing, of course, I mean, I was kind of guy who just liked to play really aggressive, but sometimes I was maybe too much, you know, just go too much for every shot. Then you just come with the mistakes, and that's not the way of the modern tennis.
I still need to play really aggressive but with more control, and be a little bit patient on the court. That's what it is.
But, yeah, it's gonna be some more other things, but this one I would say it's me.