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ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS - Berdych def. Tipsarevic
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 23, 2011
T. BERDYCH/J. Tipsarevic 2‑6, 6‑3, 7‑6
MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You missed a match point
the other day. You saved one today. Do you enjoy the drama out
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. One point, yes, definitely. I mean, that's
the best about the tennis, that it's not over until the last ball is, you know,
bounced twice or whatever, is in the net. So, yeah, I think that's really
nice about the sport. That's what I like. But the other way, yeah, I mean,
I was a bit unlucky on Monday. I got luckier here. So, you know, 1‑All. Still
there is a good chance to play one on Friday and to have a good chance to
qualify and go through. So we will see.
Q. What were your
emotions like when you had to face another tiebreak that was going to determine
the outcome? A few more butterflies perhaps than normal?
No, actually before the tiebreak I was feeling pretty good, I would say pretty
confident. Last few games that I was serving was kind of quick, easy. I was
serving well, feeling well on serve. I was coming up really confident for the
tiebreak. I mean, did not think about what was happening the last time.
But, yeah, as long the tiebreak went, it was really close. Then, you know,
I mean, I was a good position again, serving up, facing match point down. So,
you know, that's what I said, it's nice about it. One day it's like that, the
other is opposite. So, yeah, good to have it like this.
Q. Was it quite difficult to prepare for that match? You
thought you were going to be facing Andy Murray today. How did you actually go
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, I had enough time to be
prepared. I mean, I got the note or the information that Andy is pulled out I
would say quite early. I got it the day before in the afternoon. So it's
enough time to be ready for it. You know, sometimes you could have it like
you play the tournament, you just preparing for your first round, first match,
and all of a sudden there is another guy that is going to come up on the court.
This one was really enough time to be ready for it. Just doesn't affect me
Q. Your second year in a row in the London finals.
Can you talk about how you draw experience from last year that makes you feel
more comfortable, settled and play your best tennis this year?
BERDYCH: Yeah, sure, as I said already before I came here, it's completely
different year for me, even coming to London again. I just made it for a second
straight year, which I'm really happy for. I think this year was ‑ tough to say
‑ maybe even tougher than the year before, because you need to defend your
position. That's what I did. And especially the results right before coming
here was way better than the last year. So my form and feeling on court was
definitely better. You know, I already show it in the first match all the way
until the end that I was feeling good on court. Today was pretty much the same.
So I think my tennis is really, really good. I'm experienced well from the
last year, know what the matches are a bit different than regular tournaments.
So, yeah, just enjoying to play. Going to keep fighting for try to go
Q. You've struggled against Tipsarevic in the past.
Obviously you beat him in Paris. What is it about him that makes him so
difficult? What are you doing differently at the moment?
Well, yeah, I mean, his game is really solid, you know. That's the way I would
say modern these days tennis. It's not only that you know how to play
aggressively, but you have to really know how to play defense, to be really
covering the court from the both sides. And that's all what he's doing. He
has no, like, weakness in none of the shots. Forehand, backhand is really
pretty much the same. He can also make really a lot of damage from his backhand
side, which is good for him. So he's a really, really solid player, you know.
For me what I changed, it's tough to say. Both of the matches were really
close. Even that I won two sets in Paris, the match, I was 5‑1 down and I turn
it up. You know, I think all the matches with him is going to be really close
and I'm going to be really needs to fight to win. But that's how it is. I
mean, he's the ninth player in the world, so it deserve to be like that.
Q. Do you think you are underestimated as a player?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Tough to say. I don't know who's gonna be judging that
or saying that.
Q. Do you think you get perhaps an unfair
crack of the whip because so much is written about the top four that perhaps
people don't appreciate the quality of the players who are between five and
eight and nine?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, that's probably‑‑ that's
the one side of these days tennis. I mean, if you look at the top 10 and you
have those three guys that, you know, they are challenging for like the history
records. One guy, it's making it four years. The other next two years. Then
Novak came with his record‑winning streak. This is really tough. The years
before it never happened like that. There was maybe one guy that did it, you
know, and then when the generation changed it was another one. So then all the
others were more seen, more on the table. But now this one is really tough.
But I think it's more a question for you guys. I mean, I cannot change
pretty much nothing. I'm just doing what I can on court and trying to play best
I can and winning as many matches as possible and we see.