Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS - Berdych def. Ferrer
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 25, 2011
T. BERDYCH/D. Ferrer 3‑6, 7‑5, 6‑1
Q. Are you now feeling that you're more
mentally capable of fighting from these tough situations and getting back from
adversity compared to a few years ago?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, of course.
I'm happy that my game has progressed, which is good. It shows in the ranking
and all the results. So that's one of the aspects that improved in my game and
I'm able to fight back, you know, win the tough matches, that I'm able to fight
those matches back. I'm happy for this improvement in my game. That's what
I need. That was something what I was looking for.
there a point during the game that you thought you could go all the way? And
also what are your thoughts about the Davis Cup final?
Well, the turning point, I think it was just the one that I made the set point
and won the second set, because all the time before I was down, you know, coming
up. When I made the second set, it just gives me a lot of confidence, energy.
I starts to feel really great on court, made the first fast break, which
helps me as well. I was playing really well and ended up quite straight in the
third set. About the Argentina, I said it already in the beginning. As I
see Rafa, actually maybe he didn't play his best year. But actually I know what
he's able to do on clay. I think he's going to be really strong. If we look
up for David, which had two great matches before this one, and I think he was
playing really well today, as well. You know, he might be a bit tired, but I
think he also love to play on clay, especially in Spain. I think it's going
to be a real, real tough one. I think that Spain is the favorite and they're
going to win.
Q. When you see the way that Roger has been
playing this week, can anyone stop him?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, so far I
don't care. I still have one match to go to be maybe the one to try it. So I
just need to focus on myself and try to do well tomorrow night. If I'm going to
do well, then probably the question is going to be on place. But why not? I
mean, that's the nice about this sport, that you can have three great matches
and one day maybe you didn't sleep well or something, just a small thing that
actually doesn't feel like you want, and it can goes the other way.
Hopefully it's not going to happen to him, but that's just a possibility
what could happen and then the results could be different. But, yeah, he's
strong. He's playing really well. Yeah, as I said in Paris, I mean, that's the
old Roger, that he was winning almost everything during the year. It's going to
be tough one.
Q. Did you find it difficult being the second
match, knowing it was all in your hands?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I just look
at the score and I see that Janko won. Yeah, they just told me that I need to
win anyway. If also Novak won, has to be in two sets or something. I don't
like this counting, so I don't even look at that. For me doesn't change
anything. Even that would be nice to end up the season winning the match.
Unfortunately if I wouldn't go through... But it's still better to end up
winning. This is better. I won. I won the group. Perfect.
Q. You're playing Jo in the semifinals. How do you look upon
that match? What will be the deciding factor? You beat him a couple of months
ago in China.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, it's going to be definitely
different match than the three previous ones. You know, all those three guys
likes to play long rallies, fighting a lot, really wants to stay long on court.
I think Jo is different. He likes to play aggressive. He likes to vary the
game. Great‑serving guy. It's going to be way different. That's the good
about it, that not all the matches are same, all the opponents are different.
Just need to rest, prepare for it. Of course, I mean, all the last
experience, memories, are positive because I beat him last time in Beijing.
That's it. That's what I needs to build on. We both playing well this week, so
Q. The only match you lost, you had a match
point. That means you feel in great shape? Also, when you have to play a
player like Tsonga who is attacking you, does it bother you or not? You prefer
normally to play players that you can easily take the initiative or it doesn't
make any difference?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, for the first, yeah, I mean,
I'm feeling good, as I said before I came here. I'm in different shape,
different position than last year, feeling really good. It just turned up
almost to almost win three matches out of three, but only win two. Qualify or
went through to the semis, which is the important thing. No, I mean, pretty
much I don't care what the opponent is doing. I mean, of course it's going to
be tough. It could happen we could play three tiebreak sets and it could just
decide maybe one or two points, could be completely different matches than all
those previous ones. Maybe not. That's what's nice about it, you don't know
what is going to happen and you needs to be ready for everything.