Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
Miami 2011 Quarter-Finals
March 31, 2011
R. NADAL/T. Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Q. Can you explain to us what happened in the
first four games of the first set? TOMAS BERDYCH: I lost four games. I
mean, what else you want me to explain about it? It's just how it is. You start
a match, somebody wins the first games and somebody not. That's just how it
is. All those four games was all close ones. I mean, my serve there was like
30-All, 30-40, deuce, 40-30. So, you know, it was just getting four points, five
points in a row all together, and that's just how it is. So you know, he
starts without any mistakes, starts to play really well, and, you know, it's
really tough to get -- after three matches which the opponents are completely
different -- just to get a rhythm that quick. So, you know, finally I get it
since the last time, since all the last matches we played I never won a set. Now
I won it. Yeah, it was a quite good game.
Q. You looked frustrated
with the two nets. A bit of bad luck there. TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, of
course. I mean, the first thing is that, you know, I mean, you can expect like
three or four aces from somebody like Roddick, Karlovic. But from Rafa, what he
made in the first game when I had three breakpoints, it's, you know, just too
good for him. That was just all it was about. To make a break after winning
the second set, that would be a great chance for me. He just serve unbelievably
well, and that's it. In the end, yeah, I mean, it's just a little bit of bad
luck. That's what you also needs to beat these guys. It's not only that you can
play better forehands or backhands, you know, you need the luck as well. That's
what I was missing a little bit today.
Q. You were signalling. Were
you saying, Just give me one? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, it was like two nets
in one game in two points. That pretty much cost me all the match. At least one
would be nice.
Q. You seemed annoyed at something towards the end.
You were talking to the umpire. Was there something that you were
discussing? TOMAS BERDYCH: Did you listen what I was saying right now?
Q. Oh, it was the net cords? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah.
Q. You couldn't quite put away the balls that were kind of falling in
the first half of the court. Was there any particular reason? TOMAS
Q. Seemed to me that whenever there was a ball that
was coming in short... TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah.
Q. You were trying
to kind of put it away and come forward to the net, and you lost most of those
points. Was there a particular reason? Was it that Rafa's passing shot was just
too good, or maybe you just weren't able to push it as hard as you wanted to?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, you have a question like my coach. Do you want to
like -- yeah, I mean, I was trying my best, you know. I was trying to attack
every shot I was able to, you know, and trying to come a little more to the net.
I know that Rafa can do well with the passing shots, so of course I was
expecting that. But I think that I make him made a lot mistakes than he usually
does in the matches, and that's the way how you can play with him. I mean,
yeah, what can I do? I can be running with him like side to side and that's
going to be 6-2, 6-2 for him. Yeah, then, okay, so he was better and that's it.
So you just need to do something different. Probably it wasn't that bad
idea. I was really close today, and was one of my best matches against him so
Q. What's the positive out of this encounter that you're going
to take from it? TOMAS BERDYCH: Of course there is many positive things.
You know, as I said, since all the last matches since last time I beat him, I
pretty much didn't win a set against him. It was nine matches, so, you know,
I mean, I was trying to do something different today. Until the maybe last
service game it was working pretty well and I was in a good run, you know to
make him work hard and maybe to get it let's say to the tiebreak of the third
set or whatever, then could happen anything. But, you know, that was my goal,
what I should do in the match, and that was working well. So definitely that's
the positive thing. Yeah, as I said, it was a quite good one. Just was a little
bit missing in the end. But, you know, you play No. 1 in the world, so it's
always, always really tough. But, yeah, there is things what I can take positive
from this match