|Posted on November 13, 2015 at 9:20 AM|
ATP London Contenders at a Glance: Tomas Berdych - The Dark Horse
Ronnie Rear | 13 Nov 2015
Tomas Berdychs best finish at the World Tour Finals came back in 2011, when he made it to the semi-finals.
Tomas Berdych has been a consistent fixture in the year-end finale, since he first qualified for the event in 2010. But his consistency of qualification hasnt exactly “ and entirely “ extended to a good show in the tournament, with only one semi-final appearance in the past five years. As a result, the Czech has gone on to become one of the most underrated players in the season finale, in all these years of his qualification, irrespective of how well a season he may have otherwise had.
This year, on paper, Berdych’s grouping for the round robin stage in London is indeed difficult. He’s been drawn against three opponents, all of whom who have a head-to-head favouring them against him. But Berdych’s always been a player who’s defied expectations and most so, when the going’s been against him.
At the start of this year, when Berdych faced Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Nadal was the overwhelming favourite to win that match. But Berdych contradicted every such anticipative favouritism by not only trumping his nemesis in straight sets, but by also ending Nadal’s 18-match win streak against him.
Suffice to say then that Berdych is somewhat of a dark horse in the event this year, coming off from a hard-fought semi-final against Djokovic in the Paris Masters, which in-turn was preceded by a title run in Shenzhen. And like dark horses have a trait of doing, Berdych could spring a huge surprise at the O2, probably starting off against Roger Federer, when he opens the tournament on Sunday.