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2015 LONDON Finals: Another bad day at the office. Tomas Berdych lost to Kei Nishikori *OoP* *Score and Stats* *INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT*

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM




Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori walk out ahead of their men's singles match during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England.






Order of Play - Tuesday, November 17, 2015



Berdych Takes On Nishikori


After straight-set losses on Sunday, No. 6 seed Berdych and No. 8 seed Nishikori play in a pivotal match during the afternoon session. Back at The O2 for a sixth straight season, Berdych is 0-6 lifetime in his first round-robin match and 5-0 in his second. Nishikori leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head history 3-1 but they havent met in more than three years.


The 30-year-old Czech has reached the quarter-finals or better at 15 of 21 events this season, clinching two titles on the way. At 25, Nishikori is the youngest player in this year’s season finale and is looking to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row. The top player from Japan reached the quarter-finals or better in 13 of 18 tournaments, capturing three ATP World Tour titles from four finals.

 

 


 

Nishikori Fights Past Berdych For First Group Win


ATP Staff | 17 November 2015


Kei Nishikori has a chance of qualifying should he beat Roger Federer on Thursday


Eighth seed Kei Nishikori earned his first Group Stan Smith win on Tuesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.


Nishikori fought hard to beat sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes. Nishikori will play six-time former champion Roger Federer on Thursday, while Berdych meets four-time titlist Novak Djokovic in their third and final group matches.


Berdych came through a 14-point game for a 3-2 lead, but Nishikori went on to convert his fifth break point opportunity for a decisive 6-5 lead in the 63-minute opener.


Nishikori won the first five points at the start of the second set to take a 2-0, 30/30 advantage, but was left frustrated when Berdych's extra groundstroke power helped him to win the next five games. Berdych closed out the set to love.


Berdych fought back from 15/40 in the second game of the decider, then put Nishikori under pressure at 3-3, 30/30 by striking a forehand volley that hit the net cord and bounced dead for a winner. Nishikori kept his nerve on the break point, forcing a forehand error. At 3-4, Berdych dropped to 0/30 and was unable to re-group as Nishikori launched a series of deep groundstrokes close to the baseline.


Berdych reached the 2011 semi-finals (l. to Tsonga) and has qualified for six straight years.




Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Kei Nishikori






Tomas Berdych in action in his men's singles match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England. Nishikori won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.



Tomas Berdych congratulates his opponent Japan's Kei Nishikori after their men's singles match during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England. Nishikori won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.

 




BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS

November 17, 2015

London, England, United Kingdom

K. NISHIKORI/T. Berdych

7-5, 3-6, 6-3


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Assess the match and then assess your play here so far in the tournament.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, today, I mean, there is not much to talk about. I think it's been all about one point in the third set when I had the breakpoint up. I had him on the good run. The rally starts pretty well for me, but I was not able to break him. Then I lost my serve. Basically, that was it. That was the difference today.

Yeah, I mean, it's not a great one, not to have a win, but that's how it is. That's fine.

Q. In the second set you had a moment where you were dictating the game. In the third set you got maybe a little bit nervous or Kei came back to play strongly?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I just said it now. Everything was fine. I was playing very good second set. I was playing well in the third. I was the one having a first chance having a breakpoint in the third set. Had a good rally, had a good position to finish the ball, but I just didn't make it. Then he took the chance. He break me next game. That was it.

Q. Obviously a different format. How do you pick yourself up from here? What do you think your chances are? Talk about your next match.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Next match is against Novak. Another one to play with him, challenge him, just try to have a good one for the last match of the season. That's it.

I'm just going to try to go there, try to play some good tennis, and that's it.

Q. You have been through some changes with Dani as your new coach. How do you rate your season and how do you feel now with all the changes you had at the beginning of the year?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I think the season has been pretty good. It's been very well through the whole year. Also in the terms, as you said, it's a new team and new things.

As you look at the season, there is basically no time to do anything, to work on some specific things. I mean, we're playing from the first week of January till now.

You also need to have some time to rest and time to get prepared between the tournaments. So really the time for the real changes, it's going to take time.

But I would say quite as many that we work on were already in place and were working quite well during the year, so I'm happy for that.

Yeah, I'm just looking forward for the next year, just keep going.

Q. The fifth time you played Kei, fourth time you lost. What is it about his game?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, it's difficult. Well, difficult. The last time we played was 2012. Now it's been a very, very close match. I would just repeat the same thing I said already two times:

It was a very close one, decided by really one or few points. That's it. I mean, he's a good player. He's a player from the top eight. That's it. Not much to say. I mean, he's playing good tennis. It was just a close game today.

Q. Finishing in the top 10 again, you've been a Grand Slam finalist, you're 30 now. Where do you feel like your game is? At this stage in your career, what do you think you can do to push ahead a little bit further?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, keep doing the things that I'm working on, being patient on that. Just, you know, try to stay healthy. That means really taking care of myself, of the body. If you are not fit and healthy, then you can't really work hard and try to improve.

That's the thing. On one hand you're getting more and more experience. The other one, probably you have to choose the schedule more carefully. There are new things coming up.

But anyway, I still feel that I have like at least two, three years of good tennis ahead of me. I'm just looking forward to it.

Q. Everybody talks about this surface being a slow surface. Do you think you're still struggling with this surface or it suits your play style?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, honestly, I never been a big fan of these courts particularly. But that's how it is. I just need to adjust for that. I just need to prepare as best as I can and try to play some good tennis.

But, you know, it's the same for everybody. It just depends how the other guys are able to adapt, you know, adjust their game on the court. That's kind of a big challenge for me, too.

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