|Posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM|
Tomas Berdych believes that hard work and patience will reap dividends in the future
ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT 2014
Berdych: "Wawrinka Showed Us It Is Possible To Win"
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
by ATP Staff | 10.02.2014
Tomas Berdych believes that Stanislas Wawrinka’s victory at the Australian Open last month has opened the door for players outside the ‘Big Four’ to win major titles.
“Stan showed us that it is possible to win a Grand Slam,” he said at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. “They are extremely difficult to win, but it is possible to beat the top guys.
“It was important to realise that if you work hard, then everything can click together and you can make it in the end. It isn’t only the right of two or three guys.
“Stan’s win showed that the Top 10 [of the Emirates ATP Rankings] is also extremely tough.
“I had a very close game with Stan in the [Australian Open] semi-finals, and lost two tie-breaks, which was a shame. But today’s tennis is about a few points here and there… then you are in the next round. It isn’t a huge difference or means that I have to change my game and start to hit my forehand differently. I just need to work harder, stay patient and hopefully the results will come.”
The 28-year-old Czech was the only member of the Top 10 not to lift a trophy in 2013. But it doesn’t bother him.
“The mental side is an important part of the tennis puzzle. If you are able to master all areas of being a professional athlete, you can be successful. My mental coach has taught me very simple things, such as creating a system and a routine in your daily life that helps you to work.
“It is a part that many people think of, but don’t apply. A lot of people talk about how many hours they have spent running and in the gym, but to what end?”
Last year, Berdych was a model of consistency. Under the guidance of Tomas Krupa, his coach since January 2009, and help from fitness trainer David Vydra and physio Sergio Ferraz, he advanced to the quarter-finals (or better) in 15 of his 23 tournaments and reached a career-high No. 5 on 19 August.
“It was a good year,” he admitted. “Of course it is about the titles, but the ATP World Tour is about consistency and ultimately qualifying for the [Barclays] ATP World Tour Finals. I have managed to qualify four times in a row, meaning that I have had four very good seasons.
“It is important to play well in 10 months of the season. Playing well for a couple of months is not enough, as the standard is so high.”
This week, he’ll be hoping to add his name to the Rotterdam roll of honour, alongside ATP World Tour luminaries such as Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Stefan Edberg, tournament director Richard Krajicek and Roger Federer.