Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2018 INDIAN WELLS (R1=Bye) R2 def. Marterer
Czech Plus: Berdych Rolls into Second Round --- When you're more than a decade and a half into your professional tennis career, the 'R' word starts to get tossed around a bit, both in hushed tones around the locker room and in pointed questions in the press room. That's been the case for Tomas Berdych, who after 13 singles titles, a run of seven straight Top-10 finishes, and a trip to the 2010 Wimbledon final is at a stage when the idea of retirement is perhaps beginning to come into focus. But the Czech, now 32, says he's not quite ready to walk away. ''That's the beauty of our sport - no matter where you are, you still have a big chance,'' said the No. 15-ranked Berdych earlier this year.'' It's about that particular day, and from that one day you can create a great week. From one great week, you can make it two. To be honest, that's the only reason why I'm still around. I don't have to be playing anymore. It's because I love the sport. I see what I have achieved in the past. I still have a chance for that. That's why I still want to compete. I want to challenge myself against the young guys.'' Berdych certainly rose to the challenge on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open, rolling past 22-year-old German Maximilian Marterer, 6-1, 6-4, in just one hour, 11 minutes. Berdych is making his 14th straight appearance in the desert, his best results a semifinal showing in 2013 (l. To Rafael Nadal).