Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
September 3, 2007
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Q. What happened? When did you start to feel bad?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know exactly what was wrong. I'm not feeling
really well. I just been in the doctor's. Just after this, I'm gonna come back
there again just to take blood test and get some results. I don't know. But
I was feeling really bad. I mean, it was since we start the match. I was just
trying and hoping to maybe it's gonna change or something. But I didn't feel
Q. Was it your stomach? What part of your body was it?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, I cannot breathe as normally. It was like hard to
breathe. Yeah, I didn't feel well. Then the body was so slow. It wasn't any like
straight one problem or one pain or something. So it was just like generally
didn't feel well.
Q. Did you wake up like this this morning?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I don't think so.
Q. You were all right
this morning before you went on the court? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I said
it. It was fine. In the morning, it was all right. Just it start when we start
Q. Could it have been related to nerves, being on Ashe,
anything like that? TOMAS BERDYCH: I have no idea. It's a nice question,
but how can I know it?
Q. If you had won the first set, would you
have tried to continue? TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, I was just trying and
hoping for something because, I mean, if you start and then you have like 0-5,
then is no chance for anything, even if you play, I don't know, best of just
three sets. But here you play best-of-five, so it's even longer. I was just
trying and hoping. I mean can happen anything. You can play one rally, whatever,
Andy can maybe, I don't know, broke his back or whatever, I mean, do anything,
then I still have some chance maybe to get another day rest, then another match.
But I was just trying.
Q. What sort of medication did they give you
on the changeover? TOMAS BERDYCH: It was just simple thing. I mean, this
is not like thing what the media want to know. I mean, this is for us. It's
medications. That's what we are taking. It's not just for everybody.
Q. Was it an aspirin? TOMAS BERDYCH: Whatever it was.
Q. How disappointed are you that you reached the fourth round,
playing Andy, didn't get a chance to finish? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I
mean, if this is gonna be like my problem in the long way, then, yeah, what can
I do? But it happens to me first time. Before I was feeling really well.
Everything was fine. Nothing happens. Before I was playing pretty good, so my
chances was pretty high for today's match. And even I was playing -- I was
not like -- not to be compared next to him and I still was set point, serving
for the set 5-3 and whatever. I mean, the chances was there I think pretty high.
But what can I do? The health is the first thing, the more important thing.
Q. Some players don't get a lot of chances to get this far in a
tournament. Are you disappointed you had a chance and weren't able to capitalize
on it? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, that's what I say right now, that I had a
chance. Everything was fine. I was feeling well. Then this happen. So, of
course, I am.
Q. How did you think Andy was playing? TOMAS
BERDYCH: I think, first of all, I was trying to care about myself and not to
watching what he's doing. So I was just trying to stay there, somehow to put the
balls back, not too much care how he was playing. But, yeah, I mean, in this
kind of feeling, I was 5-3 serving, then I had a set point in the tiebreak. You
can do a picture about this as you want.
Q. Did the illness come on
during the tiebreak or before the tiebreak? TOMAS BERDYCH: It was
already since we start to play.
Q. When you hit the shot down the
line to give yourself a set point, how were you feeling at that point?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Still the same: bad. There was no chance to be better. It
was still same from the beginning of the match. I was feeling really bad. It was
just trying, hoping.
Q. Where you at any point dizzy like you were
going to pass out? TOMAS BERDYCH: It wasn't from the stomach. I really
don't know what was it. I feel really bad. I'm just repeating. It's all the
same. I cannot tell you anything more.
Q. You had a cold before. A
lot of people have colds this time of year. Is it like a cold? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Like cold?
Q. Yes. TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no, no. I
mean, I don't have a fever. I don't have anything. So I don't know.
Q. Do you still feel that way now or did it stop? TOMAS
BERDYCH: I just feel on the court like when I came from the chair, I was feeling
like normally, and then I start to run one to the left, one to the right, and
then I was dead. Now I'm feeling, yes, so-so. But when I start to run or
move or whatever, the whole energy is gone.
Q. What treatment did
they give you in the trainer's room? TOMAS BERDYCH: I just get some
testing, and now after this I'm gonna go for blood test.
Q. Not an
IV, intravenous feeding? TOMAS BERDYCH: Sorry?
feeding where they inject you. TOMAS BERDYCH: No.
Q. Are you
in any pain or were you in any pain? TOMAS BERDYCH: No pain.