Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site 2004-2017
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 19, 2015
London, England, United Kingdom
N. DJOKOVIC/T. Berdych
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Don't you have the impression
you could have won that match? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's not about
'if' and whatever impression you have. It's always about the result. I
think tennis is about that. There is only a winner and loser, nothing
Yeah, I think there was a slight
good chance. But, yeah, that's how it is. It was quite a few mistakes
in the tough moments. That was deciding today.
Q. It's hard enough to beat Novak
Djokovic anyway, but what was the mindset like when you come out
knowing you have to win in straight sets? How different is that? TOMAS BERDYCH: It's just the fact of
the statistics or of the counting around. You don't really think about
it. You just go on court and try to play your best game. Every match
starts from zero. That's it.
If you start to think too far ahead,
it's no chance. So no matter which match you play, no matter which
opponent, especially playing No. 1 player in the world, no, it's just
the same thing. You just try to focus, try to play well, stick with
your game plan, and that's it.
Q. How would you sum up your week
and your year? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, obviously it's
not the way that I would like to finish the year. It's a bit
disappointing not to have any wins here.
The other hand, I think it was a
very good and solid year for me. I'm just going to try all the
positives from the whole season, just keep doing what's on the plan,
just working hard and be strong again for the next season.
Q. Similar to your match against
Roger Federer, you were level with him until the end of the sets, then
increased your errors. How would you assess your mentalities playing
against the best players in the world? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, how I
deal with it, the preparation is the same for every player, whether you
play the top player or the guy top 20 to 50. In that sense it's the
same thing because you just have to do well. Every single small error
or margin of not being on court can cost you the match. So you really
don't want to do that.
Q. How is your mentality against
the best players? Do you think it's an area of your game you need to
improve on? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, there
are certain areas of the game that I definitely need to work on. I
mean, no matter if you are 5, 6, 10, No. 1 in the world, you have to
keep working on your game because the opponents are not sleeping and
they are trying to improve as well.
Yes, I mean, that's definitely one
of the aspects that I need to work on or basically be able to get
better in those matches, playing those top guys. That's it.
I don't know if it's a matter of
being more focused or being stronger or whatever part it is. You can
call it really whatever you want. In the end it's a matter of if the
ball lands in between the lines, you play good tennis.
Q. Two years in a row you sort of
finished your season with a Davis Cup final. Not the case this year.
What do you think, is Great Britain the favorite or... TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, I experienced
this two years in a row, playing a final. For me it was just one extra
week in the season which already has been very long.
On the other hand I think it's a
good week to have, especially for Britain, it's going to be a massive
You know, talking about the
favorites in Davis Cup, it's always a very fine line. I think we never
been the favorites in most of the matches, and we won twice in a row.
So I don't think that's really important to have a favorite of the
game. It's always about winning three points and don't really matter
who is going to make them. If you look at the setup and the teams, I
think they have a pretty good chance to win.
Q. You have faced Federer and
Djokovic in this group. Which was the toughest opponent and who do you
think will win the tournament? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm not really
good in predicting the winners or the results or whatever.
I always was choosing Roger, going
with those names, so let's try something different. Rafa is basically
looking pretty good. Anything can happen here. I think it's very open.
There is still a lot of tennis to play.