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2012 Hopman Cup - Berdych Makes Winning Start
Tomas Berdych celebrates his victory over Grigor
Dimitrov of Bulgaria in
their men's singles Session 3 match on day three of the Hopman Cup Tennis
Tournament in Perth on January 2, 2012.
HYUNDAI HOPMAN CUP XXIV
Session 3 - Czech Republic vs Bulgaria
T. BERDYCH d. G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (9-11), 6-3
2 January 2012
Well Tomas what a way to start 2012, it was a very tough match, he is a tough opponent to play against.
Yeah definitely. He is playing really well, hes going to be improving I think for... hes improving last couple of months and end of the year. Hes going to be really dangerous this year, and as he showed just now that he can play really well and really strong. You know but my way, Im pretty happy to start the year with a win. You know its always much better, it gives you even more confidence to have the first win of the year and even to play a really solid game like it was today, so Im happy for that.
You looked like you struck the ball really well. You served well and your forehand was really working are you happy with where your game is at heading into the Australian Open?
Well I mean the season ends in London with some incredible matches you know. Then there is some weeks off and then you always pretty much dont know whats going to be the start. You wish to start the way you like. Yeah I mean the game was really I would say on the level for the first game of the year that it was solid.
What are your expectations for 2012?
Well we are just in the second day of the Year. I mean the expectations are pretty much very similar to the last year. I end up again in the world tour finals in London which means that I end up the year in top 8, and thats what I would say the bottom line that I would like to start and then brig some even better results from the Grand Slam that I did last year and move my game a bit higher.
This is your third time in Perth. You enjoyed yourself at the Ball on New Years Eve? You actually took part in the Auction. What are you going to do with the two Auction items that you bought?
Ah well the first thing Im a huge fan of the Manchester United so thats definitely going to stay. The first thing is going to stay definitely at home and the other things is I have one very good friend that I think is going to really appreciate that and we can split the thing - not like definitely split but you know to have it for half and its a nice piece.
A signed Pearl Jam guitar for your friend youre a good friend Tomas. The mixed doubles coming up, youre on record as saying its not the most comfortable thing for you and you would have been happy if you won both singles matches today, you and Petra. Are you looking forward to playing with her?
Definitely I mean its going to be a great experience. Im really enjoying the new role in the team that Im not the leader - which I was for many, many years even in Davis Cup, even here. So now a little bit more on Petra that she is the leader. For the mixed its going to be fine. We are going to try to enjoy it and as I said in the beginning when somebody asked me whats the best tactics for the mixed doubles? I said win two singles, so we did it and so we just go to enjoy it.