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2009 Halle - Tomas Berdych Press Conference

Former Halle champion Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic, who beat compatriot Jan Hernych 6-4,7-5 here in Monday's first round tie, said he had some sympathy for the Swissstar who has now won 14 Grand Slam titles. "It was fantastic to see Roger finally win at Roland Garros in the final, I was with him all the way and played every shot alongside him," beamed Berdych who won the 2007 title here. "It was the one title to elude him and this one was special for him, maybe he will need a few days rest." "It would be nice for the tournament if he came, but that has to be his decision." "I am not sure I would come if I was in his shoes." Berdych added he was happy to be back on grass and is just looking forward to his second-round match and not thinking ahead to potentially meeting Federer in the semi-final, should the Swiss star decide to travel. "You can't afford to look that far ahead, I am just pleased I got a good first win and haven't had to wait around," said the 23-year-old.