|Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:25 AM|
Berdych: "Our fans are like having an extra player"
Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych is looking forward to the next tie in this season’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group which will see Czech Republic taking on Serbia at the O2 Arena in Prague on 6-8 April.
The world no. 7 is very satisfied with the Czech team’s performance in the first round when they won the first three rubbers against Italy securing the victory with a day to spare. The final score was 4-1.
“We were finally playing at home and we had our best possible team and we just won our first three matches which is always helpful so you don’t have to fight on Sunday,” said Berdych. “It is good that we saved some energy because these weeks are really tough and make the season even tougher. It was at least one day that we saved.”
The quarterfinal tie will mark the return of the Czech Davis Cup team to Prague after five years of playing all their home ties in Ostrava.
“I’m looking forward (to the next tie) because it’s in Prague and we played only once there against Switzerland,” declared Berdych. “Actually, those atmospheres are something that I always like to come back to in my memories.”
The 2009 Davis Cup finalist is very proud of the level of support that the Czech team enjoys tie after tie and he is expecting it to be at its highest in Prague.
“I hope that the people come, they always help us and they are like another player in our team to help us to win and that arena is even bigger so hopefully is going to be nice there.”
When it comes to the opposition, Serbia, Berdych is sure that there is a big game-changing element that makes the outcome of the tie very unpredictable - whether or not Novak Djokovic will play.
“I think it could make a really big difference if Novak is going to come or not [...]. Only he knows if he’s going to be able to come and play so... either way, if he’s going to be in the team that’s going to be tougher for us,” said the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.
“(If Novak plays) We know that we will definitely need to win the doubles and try to beat the second player, probably Janko (Tipsarevic). We already know how to beat teams that have such great players [...] like we did with Switzerland, so hopefully we’re going to be the luckier ones.”