OPEN SUD DE FRANCE 2013
Berdych Hopeful Of Building On Iron Man Heroics
by ATP Staff | 04.02.2013
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych is hopeful that the experience gained from his iron-man heroics on Davis Cup duty for Czech Republic at the weekend will stand him in good stead for his future Grand Slam campaigns.
The Czech played nearly 13 hours of tennis across three days as he led his nation to a first-round victory over Switzerland in Geneva. After beating Henri Laaksonen in four sets on the Friday, Berdych partnered Lukas Rosol to a marathon, 7hr., 1min., doubles victory the following day, before returning Sunday to beat Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets to clinch the tie.
Its one of those experiences that until youve been through it, you dont know if you will be able to make it or not, Berdych told ATPWorldTour.com. I hope and believe its going to be helpful to my future and I will be able to profit from it. There are only positive things from that weekend.
Reflecting on his marathon effort in the doubles, which broke the record for the longest ever Davis Cup match, Berdych said, There were many different feelings going through my mind during the whole match because it was really long. I had a lot of time to go through all the emotions, but the toughest thing I experienced from that match was staying focussed for such a long time.
Physically, its actually not that hard because doubles is a bit different, but on the other hand Im not a doubles player and Im not used to that kind of movement on court. It was quite different. So it was a really tough one. I was happy I was able to get through, and even more that I was able to wake up in the morning and be able to go on court and play Stan, whos been showing great form in the past couple of weeks and is a great player. I was able to beat him in front of his home crowd, so it was a really great weekend.
The 27-year-old Berdych, who was a finalist at Wimbledon in 2010, is still searching for his first major title. The big-hitting Czech reached the US Open semi-finals last year, defeating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, and fell to Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of last months Australian Open.
Im quite happy with the start of the season. I made the quarter-finals in Melbourne, which is my third in a row. I would like to have gone further, but I wasnt able to, losing to the champion. For me, [Djokovic] is probably the toughest opponent I have. Then I had the great weekend in Switzerland. The season is going quite well so I will try now to use the next few days to recover myself and then be strong again for another run."
The top seed and defending champion was forced to withdraw from the Open Sud de France on Monday, citing a right wrist injury that he suffered during the weekend.
Its tough those feelings you can have in tennis, Berdych said. One day youre celebrating the victory, the next day you have to make a decision thats not what you would like to do. I have to look long-term though. Im still feeling my right wrist from that really long weekend, which is bothering me. I need to take it seriously, rest, and be ready for the rest of the year.