Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
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July 28, 2008
Gonzalez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
People here still obviously remember you from the match when you beat Nadal
after he won Canada. I was wondering what this place means to you? Do you have
any fond memories of Cincinnati? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, well, like you
said, the match with Nadal, it's not every week, so of course I remember all the
matches with those guys. I mean, with Federer, with Nadal, yeah, those guys.
Especially when you play the match and you can beat him on any surface, any
tournament, then it gets to your memory and it stays there. Yeah, I mean, my
memories are good for this week and for this tournament. Well, I always happy to
coming here, but in the few last years I didn't have as good results as I would
expect. Yeah, I hope this year it's going to change and it's going to be
Q. It's funny, because when you beat him that
year I remember in your post-match press conference it didn't seem that big of a
deal to you that you had beaten him. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, if
it's like straight after the match, and then like all kind of emotions and
everything from the court, you're tired and everything and you just want to
relax. So maybe you don't like have it in your mind that you beat Nadal and all
the things like this. It came a little bit after, or maybe the next day or
anything like that, so I think it was this case.
Q. How do you feel
your summer so far? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, my season starts pretty
good, but then with the injury in the Davis Cup match in Russia everything got
changed. I was playing really good coming after semis from Miami. Everything
was fine, but then I was like one month of the tournaments and then coming
slowly and lost couple of pretty close matches. So far, the summer, it's --
yeah, it can be always better than this. But, yeah, I had the finals in Bastad,
and now I think it's getting better and better.
Q. The Olympics are
coming up. The buzz, are players feeling it? TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't think
it's already right now. I think it's going to be maybe few days before or when
you arrived to Beijing. Because I think like the tournament, when you came
to the site, it's the same like here or in New York or anywhere else in the
world. But the atmosphere on the village, like on the place where the
Olympics are, it's completely different. You can meet all the athletes and
everybody. You're staying in the Olympic Village with all the other athletes
from your country, so this is quite a big difference. Yeah, I'm looking
forward to go there. I like to be there. I had a great memories for my last
Athens Olympic Games. Yeah, it's going to be nice for me.
Q. The last
Olympic games, of course the match with Roger. Out of the Olympics, do you take
more out of the experience of four years ago, or is it beating Roger that really
stands out? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's like you said, it's four
years ago. There it was one of my first tournaments because I was one of the
last in the draw. I was around 80, 90 in the rankings, so I was just pretty
close to just get in. Then I was starting to play my first like big matches.
Well, I think it's these two things together. Come to the big tournament and
have a good results, and then it didn't stay just with this result. Because
sometimes it's kind of player who just came to one tournament then he can win or
be semifinal and then nobody heard about him no more. I'm pretty happy that
I can start there and then to consistently keep going and make a better
Q. Everybody now in the tennis world is talking about the
fight for No. 1. Rafa could do it this week. Is there a buzz in the locker room
about that, or is it, for most of the players, just another week like you
said? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think it's maybe sometimes you just talk
with maybe your coach or maybe when you just sit at the dinner or something like
this. But it's not like -- I mean, everybody watch what's -- I don't know maybe
Roger or Rafa are doing, if they're doing anything different or things like
that. I think both of them are trying to play their best tennis. If it's the
way that Nadal is going to be first or Roger is gonna stay for another weeks, I
think it's going to be -- yeah, just it goes, and this is life.
did Lucie like your blog last week? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, she was at home
so she saw everything. Well, I mean, take it like as a normal.