Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2016 WIMBLEDON Quarter-Final
July 6, 2016
T. BERDYCH/L. Pouille
7‑6, 7‑3, 6‑2
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Tight first set, but towards the end, an efficient performance. What were your thoughts on the whole match? TOMAS BERDYCH: The first set, at the
beginning, I was a bit finding the right rhythm because obviously, I
mean, the opponent before was completely different game style,
everything was quite different. So just trying to find the rhythm back
again, which I did finally in the end of the first set. Since then on, everything was fine.
I was able to dictate the game, play what I wanted. Afterwards, it was
Q. How would you describe your road to reaching the semifinals and your emotions on being in the semifinals? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, as I said the
other day, everything has been quite quick, going day by day. It was
not really the right, you know, schedule, how you usually have it. But
it feels great. I mean, it's good. I mean, it's
great to be in the semis again. But there's still a lot left to play.
That's my main focus right now again.
Q. You've been in a Grand Slam final
before here. Would you feel that your career would ever be unfulfilled
if you didn't win a Grand Slam? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's
hard to say. In the end of the day, the most important thing is that
you can stand and say, Okay, I've tried everything that I possibly can.
I've done all what was there. If you made it one day, great. If not,
what can you do? I mean, there is so many other guys
that they have never reached, you know, the final at least. So that's
how it is. So I'm still having some time. I'm, you know, having another
good run. I will try to continue in that.
Q. It could well be Andy Murray in the
next round. He's coached by Ivan Lendl. Were you surprised when Lendl
came back to coach Andy? Did he ever come close to coaching you before? TOMAS BERDYCH: I already answered
that question at the beginning. Yes, I mean, I approach Ivan when he
stop with Andy first time. He basically says that he doesn't have the
time and he don't want to be involved in tennis. Then he come back to
Andy. So that's how it is. I mean, it's another opponent for me. I just going to try to focus on my next match.
Q. Was that frustrating that he's turned up with Andy now? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, absolutely not.
Q. You have a pretty even history with Andy. How would you describe what it's like to play against him? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, I think
he also went through some changes or, yeah, different styles when he's
playing. I think at the beginning, he was a bit more defensive, you
know, playing a little bit more just waiting what's the opponent going
to do. I think it was working pretty well for myself. I was able to
really dictate the game and play aggressive. Now he becomes to be more
aggressive, way more creative on the court. So, you know, he's also
looking for the way how to improve, how to be better. I think that's
the difference with him, I would say the beginning of his career and
now. Really, I mean, I'm just going to try to get my plan again and try to work it out.
Q. What do you think you do that gives him the most trouble? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, it's
definitely the way I'm playing. You know, try to push him as hard as I
can, being aggressive, not giving him the time to create the game.
Q. When you lost 6‑Love, 6‑Love in Rome,
you split with Dani, how low were you feeling at that point? What's
happened since then to help you reach the semifinal here? TOMAS BERDYCH: It was pretty quick
actually. It doesn't take long. I mean, I just regroup myself and I
already get a good run in Paris. Now I have another one here. It was absolutely fine.
Q. You talked about Andy, but Tsonga
just won the third set. What sort of challenges does he present for
you? How do you guys match up? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, with
Jo, we also play couple of matches. It's another guy that he's serving
well. He tries to work his game around his forehand, playing very
aggressive, coming to the net. Yeah, we also had couple of good
battles. So let's see. As you said, it's not over yet. We already see
one comeback from Roger today. Who knows what's going to happen. That's
nice about tennis.
Q. Have you ever thought what you would be doing if you weren't a tennis player? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah. I got this
question so many times. I have quite simple answer for that because,
you know, since you are kid and you are brought to the tennis court,
you don't really think about anything else. You just have your really
routine since the beginning. That's why I always answer rockstar, because it's completely out. You can't really see anything else.
Q. How would you describe your personal relationship with Andy? There was a flash point in Melbourne a couple years ago. TOMAS BERDYCH: That's it. That's happen. That's past. Otherwise absolutely fine.
Q. Back in 2010 you made the final and
beat Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on the way. If you are to play
Andy Murray, what can you use from that run when you play the next
round? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean,
definitely those are the experience from the 2010 that I will try to
look back. But mostly is the fact that that was the first time which I
show myself that I can play well for two weeks. I can beat the best
guys not only at the beginning of the tournament, but also in the later
stages. That's just the few things that I'm going to try to focus on.
Q. I know you've done well against Andy
in the past. Do you feel maybe you missed chances against him at big
moments in the slams, say 2012 in the US Open? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, there were also
couple matches, like you mentioned, the one in US Open, which has been
a bit unlucky to me. Also the one we play in Melbourne. Yeah, there has been chances as well. I think it will be a really nice opportunity for me to make it happen right here.