Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
July 6, 2007
THE MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Good opportunity for you coming in. Conditions have a big impact
on your game, your mentality today? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, of course. I
mean, the conditions -- I don't like these kind of conditions on the court. I
think it's not good for tennis at all. It depends on the player who can play
with these condition better. It's not me. I have still a lot to learn how to
play in such a windy conditions and we will see.
Q. Does that make it
a bigger achievement to win Wimbledon, or does it make it a lesser achievement,
that you have to deal with all the conditions? Does it take anything away from
the guy who wins or add something to him? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I think
like the conditions are not good here. All the things what they did here, like
Sunday didn't play and all these things, just to let like if you winning now you
going to play four days a row, like best-of-five sets. I don't think this is
good. I think for Rafa it's maybe kind of advantage that he's playing every day
and then he can play five sets, then he's playing every single day better and
Q. You stayed with him in the first set. Afterwards it fell
away. What happened? TOMAS BERDYCH: I just lost my serve in the
beginning of each set. That's it. I don't think there was something special. He
was playing well. Yeah, I had some chances in the first set, but then when we
was on our serves, it was tough to make the set or win it.
Q. Do you
think he can stop Federer? TOMAS BERDYCH: Maybe these conditions, yeah.
I think Roger -- I think he is the best on the grass. We will see in the final,
but you never know.
Q. After the era of Borg, it seemed to be players
who were very good on clay were not so good on grass. How good is Nadal on
grass? TOMAS BERDYCH: He has to be good. He was final here last year.
Now he's in the semifinal. He's a great player. I think this time the grass is
not what it was like in the past. It was just for a players who was just serve
and volley and that's it. Now the grass is much slower. You can see in the
draw is nobody who can play this style, because if you gonna play serve and
volley then it's not many chance to win some of the matches here.
Do you think he has special talents that make him different from other players?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, he's great condition, well running on the court.
He's not making a lot of mistakes. He's trying to play similar game like on the
clay. Yeah, he is well talented. He's second in the world. If Roger is not in
this time, he's going to be first. Yeah, he's a great player.
Rafa said yesterday he pinpointed the serve as key to performing well on grass.
Did you notice anything different with his serve? Has it improved? TOMAS
BERDYCH: I mean, in these conditions you cannot do anything because, I mean, my
serve is advantage for me and today doesn't work because it's impossible in this
weather to good serve and then all the games is going down.
bad was it out there? What did it feel like with the weather? TOMAS
BERDYCH: It was windy.
Q. Is that the windiest conditions you've
played in ever? TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know, maybe. It was really windy,
Q. The topspin play of Rafael was hurting you so much because
of the wind? TOMAS BERDYCH: It's not higher, but if you're playing more
topspin it's much better for the control of the ball if you are playing with the
wind. So then when he's playing with so much topspin he's doing less mistakes.
If he's playing on the other side and he's much stronger than me, he can
still hit the balls hard.
Q. Rafa's second serves, he was serving a
hundred miles. Topspin seemed to hurt you. TOMAS BERDYCH: But if you're
going to wait for the ball there, the wind move the direction of the ball, you
cannot do anything. We play so many times like on the clay, on the hard court. I
think especially hard court is for the spin much -- it gets the spin much more
than here on the grass. It wasn't the reason. Yeah, he's serving well with
the left hand, with the spin like you said, but not too much helps on the grass.
Q. Do you have to change your routine between points because Nadal
has such a long preparation to serve? TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know why
different. I mean, I'm doing the same all the time since I start to play tennis.
I think he's doing the same, too. We are different persons. That's what he's
doing and I'm doing something different.
Q. You've had a good couple
of weeks. What does it mean going for you into the hard court season? You're
going to play a full schedule? TOMAS BERDYCH: It was great few weeks,
this and the week before. I won the first title on the grass. Quarterfinal here.
It's quite good. Then the hard court season, it's going to be just the
tournament in Montréal and Cincinnati, then US Open.