Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
Davis Cup Final Barcelona 2009
DAVIS CUP BY BNP PARIBAS WORLD GROUP FINAL: CZECH REPUBLIC vs SPAIN
December 4, 2009
R. NADAL/T. Berdych 7-5, 6-0, 6-2
Good evening. We have Tomas Berdych. First question.
Q. What do you
think was the difference between the first set and the second two? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, I think the biggest difference was that I had a couple of chances
in the first set, and I should take it. If I would win the first set, then the
match is gonna be, I hope completely different. But then all the respect to
Rafa. The way what he starts to play after the first set was unbelievable.
Q. You seemed to lose a lot of confidence or Rafa was playing
unbelievable after the 11th game? Can you talk about that game. It seemed to be
the turning point for the match. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, actually that game
that it was 5-All, I was serving in the first set, it was really long. I think
the mistake from my side was that I didn't serve well. Well, all the points was
long rallies, and that was the problem from my side, because I didn't help with
my serve. Rafa just get a chances, had a break, then he start to play
really, really good.
Q. Tomas, can you explain how frustrating it
might have been when he went on that roll of 13 straight games. TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, definitely this is I would say the worst case what could happen
on the court when you playing because if you can stay with him and then you lost
the set like 5-All, then lost 7-5, yeah, couple of balls. But if he's playing
the way he did, well, I was trying couple of things, coming to the net a little
bit more, trying to play more aggressive, then I was trying also like longer
rallies with him. Well, not much things was working at that moment. But,
well, I was just trying to, you know, stay a little bit longer on the court,
could happen everything. But it doesn't happen today.
Q. When you
were 5-5 there was a ball that was protested by your captain. Do you think that
moment in any way influenced the rest of the game for you, if it was a turning
point? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, definitely, I mean, if you see the ball,
which is good on the line, then the referees decide on the other way, then,
well, you cannot do much about the situation. If the game is really close, which
that game was really close for me, and I was struggling on my serve, so that
definitely doesn't help to me. If you have maybe like a game point on my
serve, you can serve well, you can took the game and go to sit and have a lead
6-5. But that doesn't happen. He play well. He deserved the game. That's what
Q. To lose that way to Rafa, does that hurt the team going
forward? Do you think it gives Spain an extra boost of momentum? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, you know, we've been in this situation couple of times before,
you know. We played against the teams like France, Argentina, Switzerland with
Roger. And the schedule of the weekend, I hope that we can make it similar as
the matches before. With Radek we lost all the matches like with Tsonga, Del
Potro, against Federer, but then finally we could turn it to the other way and
bring the three points back to the locker room. So we gonna trying for the same.
That was the first time, you know, to playing Rafa in Spain on clay, it's
really tough. You know, he was playing great, and that's it. He deserve to win.
He win. He bring the first point. But still there is four others to be fighting,
and still there is a chance.
Q. After the second set you left the
court. When you came back, you looked like you had the same shirt. Did you go
there just to regroup or you had a physical problem? What happened?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, after the way that he was playing, you know, that I
lost actually seven games in the row.
Q. Nine. TOMAS BERDYCH:
Well, all right, whatever (smiling). Then, you know, I don't have many
chance to like change something, you know. That's the only way what's like my
thing what I can change in the game. I just went to the toilet, you know, just
go out from the court, you know. Everything could happen. I was trying for
everything. But really he was in perfect rhythm. He was playing great. Yeah,
he just deserve it.
Q. Could you explain to us the first set 5-4,
Love-30, and then all of a sudden it's such a big turning point in the match.
Did you think to yourself, How could this happen? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I
think I'm just gonna be saying it once more again because I was already saying
about this question. I mean, the game was really tough. My mistake was that
I didn't serve not even one serve in that whole game, and that was the problem
of the game. I mean, if I could serve like I was serving all the first set, then
I think that I would win this game much easier, and then everything could happen
Q. After losing this first point, if you were to have
to play doubles tomorrow, how do you feel? Do you think you're physically and
mentally ready to go back and play the doubles tomorrow? TOMAS BERDYCH:
Yeah, well, definitely. I mean, I lost my first match here. On the other way, I
was playing to Rafa, which he was great today, so there is not much that I could
be like sitting in the room, sitting in the corner and be sad from that.
This match is considering of five matches. Right now there is Radek on the
court fighting for another point. So, yeah, if I'm gonna get the chance to play
the doubles, I'm gonna be ready. I mean, that's why I'm here. I'm feeling well.
I hope if we gonna get the chance with Radek, we fight for the point again, as
all the other matches before.