|Posted on November 19, 2011 at 11:30 PM|
Berdych believes he has the game to beat anyone in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals field
BERDYCH BACKS HIS OWN GAME
by ATP Staff | 19.11.2011
Going into his second successive campaign at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Tomas Berdych declared he has the game to beat any one of his rivals in London. The Czech, who reached his first major final at Wimbledon last year, upending Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route, insisted he won’t be adjusting his playing style when he comes up against the Big Four in London again.
"I'm not thinking 'Do I need to be doing something different or not [against different opponents]?'" explained Berdych at the round-table interviews on Saturday at The O2. "If I bring my best game then I know every time I play [I can win]. When I was able to play my best tennis, I was able to beat all of those guys. I hope I can get to that level and then we'll see what's going to happen."
Consistency has been the key for the 26-year-old Berdych this season, a factor he attributes to his improved mental strength. The right-hander comes into the season finale having just reached the semi-finals at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, where he upset Andy Murray in the quarter-finals before falling to Federer. Last month he snapped a 29-month title drought with victory at the China Open in Beijing (d. Cilic).
No match is easy in a field that features the best eight players in the world, but Berdych has a particularly challenging opening match at The O2 as he faces World No. 1 Djokovic on Monday night. The pair also met in the first round-robin match last year, with the Serb prevailing in straight sets.