|Posted on June 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM|
From official website Wimbledon
Berdych hails greatest moment of career
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Giantkiller Tomas Berdych insisted he wasn't surprised by the level of his play or the outcome of his Wimbledon quarter-final against six-times champion Roger Federer, but admitted his victory over the Swiss star was one of the greatest moments of his career.
The 12th seed from the Czech Republic notched up his second success of the year over the 16-time Grand Slam champion with an impressive 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory in front of a shocked Centre Court crowd.
"Not surprised," he said of his form after booking a semi-final date with third seed Novak Djokovic. "I'm very happy with my performance today. I was playing really well. I mean, only I just took some weak moments in the second set when I lost quite badly my serve and then just give him chance to win the set. But then I think it was all good, and it was pretty nice match for me."
The world No.13, who will feature in his second successive Grand Slam semi-final on Friday having made the last four in Paris recently, said finally finishing the world No.2 off on one of the greatest stages in tennis was a very special feeling.
"It was really great. Not many other moments can be comparing to this one, you know, to standing on Centre Court here in Wimbledon beating the six time champion. But still there is one match to [win to have] better feelings than this one. I hope I can get to that, and we will see."
Having beaten Federer 7-6 in the third set of their fourth-round meeting in Miami in April, Berdych said he knew he had the weapons to get the better of him again. "I didn't have any special tactics or the situation what I'm gonna do. For me the important thing was to play my tennis, serving well, play aggressive."
Berdych endured a rollercoaster final game when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth, saving a break point during a tense climax to what was an enthralling battle. "I think it was one of my, like, toughest close [outs] of the match when I was serving," he admitted.
"I would say through all my career matches, this one was the toughest one to close up the match against Roger on Centre Court in Wimbledon. It was a really close match, about a few points. This day it just went on my side."
The victory is the latest in a succession of impressive results for the Czech who has improved his ranking from No.20 to 13 since January. He reached the final of the ATP Masters 1000 in Miami, beating Federer, Fernando Verdasco and Robin Soderling along the way, and outplayed Andy Murray on his way to his first Grand Slam semi-final in Paris. He is now just two victories away from being crowned Wimbledon champion.
"I think, you know, it's many things," Berdych said of his excellent form in 2010. "First of all, it's that you win a couple of matches in the beginning of the year, and then you get a confidence. It keeps going and going. You get more and more experience. I get, you know, a little bit older to be, you know, more focused, you know, mentally stronger than before. That's what you need."