|Posted on December 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM|
After winning the Davis Cup in Belgrade, Tomas went to rest in a picturesque environment in the Indian Ocean at the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club, Le Morne, Mauritius.
Tomas Berdych and Ester Satorova in Mauritius
Last year Tomas and girlfriend Ester spent holidays in the Maldives Island, this year they flight to Mauritius
Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural; most Mauritians are multilingual, and English, French, Creole and Asian languages are used.
Tomas Berdych at Paradis
It seems that 2014 has started on a very positive note for world number six tennis player, the Czech Tomas Berdych. He won his ninth title, and his first this year, in the Netherlands in mid-February. During his stay at the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club some weeks back, he seemed determined yet relaxed about meeting new challenges.
"These days, I'm able to show more consistency throughout the season."
Is it your first visit to Mauritius?
I was here around two years ago. I stayed at the Shandrani Hotel. With my friends, this time we chose the Paradis as we liked the concept.
It's for a training session?
It's purely to relax after a very long season. Afterwards, I'm going home to start practising and getting ready for my new season which will start in January in Doha and in Australia.
You seem to be very discreet yet you communicate a lot with your fans on Twitter.
The idea started last summer when I actually lost my first round tie at Roland Garros. As I had time, I started a Twitter account. It's meant to create a bond with people because these days tennis is very different. It's quite an innovative way of connecting with people around the world. It enables you to show another side to your personality, not only the one you see on court.
You have been working a lot on psychological and mental sides these past years especially with your new coach.
That’s absolutely correct. My previous coach gave me a lot but, at some point in time, I felt I had to take a different track. I wanted to give an impulse to my carrier, so I asked Tomas Krupa to work with me. We work well together.
What was your first thought when you won the Davis Cup?
It was an amazing and really incredible moment. With Radek Stepanek, it was the first Czech win in 32 years. We were the winners of the centenary year's cup. The final was played in front of our own crowd. It was really great. I had always dreamt of it. And we succeeded in defending the title again in 2013. So the Davis Cup has definitely provided some major moments in my career till now.
You feel more confident now?
Small details give big results in tennis. I use my experience to become stronger mentally. It's part of the game and this element is more and more important these days. I'm able to show more consistency throughout the season.
In 2013, four players were chosen for the Czech team for the Davis Cup but only two, including you, played. Was it a strategic choice?
It was a choice. Radek and I play well together. During the first match in January 2013, there was only me. Radek was injured and I was injured during the quarter finals in Kazakhstan. Radek was the one who played. The other players helped us to win the matches.
You had a tremendous match against Novak Djokovic.
It was a very good game. But Novak is really in top form and plays the best tennis that I have seen in the last couple of years. I tried my best, played my best tennis but it was not enough. Honestly, with only 90% of my energy level with another guy, it would have been enough. But on that day, he was just very good.
Now you're playing on a level with the best like Nadal, Federer, Djokovic and Murray...
It's a very hard time. Normally if you look at a tennis era, there are one or two that are very good. Nowadays even some of the other players are of a very high standard. I believe that my team and I are doing a good job and we really work hard. We need to be patient and give it some time. We must keep on working hard and believe in ourselves.
You are very versatile.
That is one of my advantages. I'm able to get a good result and play well on all kinds of surfaces. The season is very long, there are a lot of changes and you need to get good results everywhere to stay in the race.
It's important to manage your schedule, isn't it?
You must juggle the tournament weeks, the weeks you can train – and leave time to rest. It's important to manage the whole season. Tennis is a huge jigsaw; you need to put all the small pieces in the right places to make the big picture. Whoever does it better, smarter and quicker wins.
What's your next goal?
My main goal is to win one of the grand slams. I don't mind which, whichever comes first. For the rest of my tennis career, I will try to be strong enough for that. Experience counts a lot at this level of competition.