Interview with Tomas Berdych after his first round victory
Question: Half an hour ago, did you still believe in the win?
Berdych: I always believe in it until the last point. If I wouldnt believe that I wouldnt be sitting here after winning the match. I was feeling quite good on the court. I was really trying to do it until the last ball. Not give him a single point, because I know how tough it is to close the match.
Q: Did your luggage arrive by now?
Berdych: Yes, finally. I got it yesterday morning. Its some kind of comfort to have everything you need, so I didnt have to go around asking the guys for stuff. As I said, the beginning of the tournament wasnt so good, I was delayed, the next day I lost my luggage. So it couldnt start worse than this. But now it can get only better.
Q: Paris was also a disappointing story for you. What did you learn from the French Open?
Berdych: It was really disappointing for me, it was my first first round loss this year, it was just unlucky that it was happening in the French Open. But thats tennis. Of course I learned a lot from that. I think I have to change some things, maybe be more focused on court. On the other hand, I just have to give a credit to the guy that beat me, he played really well that day. I had a break in the fifth, I had a match point, but thats the game. It was a really bad week for me. Probably the best thing I learned from it is throw it away as quickly as possible to be ready for the next goal, and thats why Im here.
Q: Would you say that you just had a tough match out there and look forward?
Berdych: Well, in this season, or maybe the clay court season, I always start pretty good. I was playing really well in the first matches, really solid, maybe not my best tennis. But when I got further, say to the quarters, I got the toughest opponent and I had nothing to bring in to the match, to be better in my game, because I already used it in my first matches. That was always my start, the first round was always shaky, but then I can be better, improving my game. So Im looking forward to that. It gives me a lot of confidence to win the match after three match points down, especially on grass. Especially when he was serving today, he served quite well today.
Q: You beat Roger and Novak in Wimbledon last year, you seem to be the man to beat this year.
Berdych: Im going to say the same. Its good to play these guys. Its a long way to go to meet Roger or Rafael or Novak, it would probably be in the quarter finals, it depends on the seed. That means that I will have to win a lot of matches against a lot of tough opponents. But I cant say if Ill be able to win against them or not. I will try to win the first game in the first round and then I will try to do it again, step by step. If I get to the point to play these guys, I will probably be in a better position, but thats really far away and Im not thinking about that at all.
Q: Roger wont play here in Halle. You are now the number one seeded player. Are you ready to be the favourite?
Berdych: Its just the way people and the media look at the tournament. For me it doesnt change anything. I need to play my best tennis, need to play really focused tennis. If Im going to do well, of course I will have the chance to win a tournament. But as I said before, I won my first match, the second one is waiting. Thats the key for me, Im not really thinking too far ahead.