|Posted on October 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM|
Berdych comes to "play the best tennis"
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
BEIJING, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- The current world No. 5, Czech top player Tomas Berdych, arrived in Beijing, one day after claiming his 11th ATP World Tour title in a rain-delayed Shenzhen Open final.
The 2011 China Open winner Berdych also had a great memory last year when he went all the way to the final, only to lose to top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Berdych just captured his 11th ATP World Tour title on Monday as he prevailed 6-3, 7-6 (7) over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in Shenzhen. Berdych said he was coming here to play the best tennis.
"Last year it was a good run," he said. "As I said, every single year this event is extremely packed for the draw. It's not easy tournament. But I like the challenge, so that's why I'm here. I'm just liking my chances. I'm just going to try to set myself up again for the first match, be prepared, start the tournament well, and keep going all the way."
"I try to go as far as possible, possibly taking the trophy. But it's five matches to win, and it's a long journey. I need to be ready for all that and that's what I'm going to try to do," he added.
Berdych will face Argentina's Pablo Cuevas in the first round on Wednesday. The winner will take on seventh-seeded David Goffin.
Berdych Beaten in Beijing
ATP Staff | Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals contender Tomas Berdych crashed out of the China Open at the first hurdle, falling 6-4, 6-4 to Uruguays Pablo Cuevas on Wednesday.
Berdych is next in line for a berth at The O2 in London next month and was returning to Beijing having won his first ATP World Tour title of the year in Shenzhen on Monday. Against World No. 37 Cuevas, however, he was unable to back it up.
The Czech No. 1 reached the final in the Chinese capital last year and won the title in 2011 but committed 32 unforced errors to just 16 winners to bow out in his one-hour and 46-minute opener in 2015. He now heads to Shanghai hoping to finish his China swing on a high note.
I made one tournament title, the other one didn't go my way,” Berdych said. “(I’m) just going to try to do well in the third one, my last one. It's always a difficult part of the year. We have to travel a lot. The conditions are always very different, very difficult, week by week here in China. It's not easy to adjust … It's the same for all of us just ahead of the last and big tournament.”
Cuevas had only beaten one Top-10 player before – Andy Roddick in the 2011 ATP Miami Masters 1000 – but struck 21 winners to add Berdych to his list. It landed a second-round date with Ivo Karlovic, a 7-5, 7-6(1) winner over Monday’s Shenzhen runner-up Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The big-serving Croatian added 19 more aces to his career tally to bring him within 16 of equaling countryman Goran Ivanisevic’s record 10,237 aces. The 36 year old won 82 per cent of his first serve points in the one-hour, 34-minute victory.
October 7, 2015
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. You came to Beijing very late. Did that affect your performance today? How different are the playing conditions here from last week?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, the conditions are completely different. There was not really much time to get used to it. But I don't think I can adjust to this anyway. So it's just really a matter of the day, if you are able to deal with it or not. Definitely I was not able to deal with the conditions.
But on the other hand I still had pretty much chances that the match could go my way. I was just not able to made them. Yeah, I'm just very disappointing with today's match.
Q. You have been trying to qualify for London many years, and qualifying many years. Is it different this year? Is it getting easier to deal with the pressure?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Honestly, I don't even look at it. I learned quite a lot from the previous years. It's always the same. So there is no need to be worrying about that or giving it any extra attention. I mean, it's just going week by week, playing the tournaments and the tennis. That's it.
I mean, in the end, we will see if I'm going to make it or not. But there is no extra needs to be, you know, checking out the situation.
Q. What do you think Cuevas did well today in the match?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think he played a very solid match. But as I said before, I still had pretty much a lot of chances to make the match my way. It makes me very disappointing today.
Q. You weren't expecting it would be that tough to adjust from Shenzhen? Did you think it would be okay to start right away?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, that's how it is. That's the way. You can't do anything with that. That's the circumstances that they put you in that situation. Of course, I mean, this is also matter of having a bit of luck. I mean, I'm not talking about much, but I'm just maybe needing little bit here, little bit there, then the things can go the other way.
Just talking about today's match, it hasn't been perfect setup for it. But still I had many chances. Could have been a bit luckier with the weather in Shenzhen, coming here earlier, maybe somehow to get used to these conditions. I don't think so, but it's just the circumstances that they created and put you in the situation.
That's all right. That's our sport. You have to know how to deal with that. One day you deal with that like this, the other one a bit better. So that's fine.
Q. Maybe next week you will go to Shanghai. It will be the first time you have been in China for three weeks. How do you feel staying so long in China? Do you like the Asian season?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think three weeks is not that long. I'm already after one and a half. You know, there is just the last one coming. That's all right. It's fine.
I made one tournament title. The other one didn't go my way. You know, just going to try to do well in the third one, my last one.
It's always a difficult part of the year. We have to travel a lot. The conditions are always very different, very difficult, week by week here in China. It's not easy to adjust. That's it.
It's the same for all of us just ahead of the last and big tournament.