Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2016 WIMBLEDON Round 4
July 5, 2016
T. BERDYCH/J. Vesely
4‑6, 6‑3, 7‑6, 6‑7, 6‑3
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Can you describe how you felt
yesterday when all this happened in the end, saving set points, not
being able to finish the match. TOMAS BERDYCH: It was not really a
position I would like to be, especially last night. But the important
was that I was able to erase it from my mind very quickly, get a good
night's sleep, and come back strong again to finish the last set. That's what I did. I think that's
all the experience that I already have. That's what really gets me
through this. It was really not the situation that I would like to
have, but that sometimes happen as well.
Q. Were you told why you weren't allowed to move to Centre Court last night? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, not really a
clear answer on that. I mean, I was asking for it. Especially when I've
been playing for last couple of days consecutively. I just felt like
there would be a chance to finish. But there was not really a clear
answer why not. I just forget it and just get myself ready for today's finishing the match.
Q. How do you see the next match going? I don't know if you know anything about Lucas Pouille. How do you see this one? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I practice with
him one day before the tournament started. At least that's the only
time we spent on the court together. Of course, I mean, there is plenty of things what to see about his game. That's what I'm going to do and prepare with my team. With the recovery, you know, I think
it was actually a good day to play a set. It's like a day of practice.
It's a little bit over. You know, I'm quite used to it
actually. I'm doing it day by day, so that's fine. I hope that we going
to get a good time tomorrow. Hopefully everything goes well. I can make
the match done and finally have a day off.
Q. Can you explain what the problems you
were having towards the end of the fourth set with the light? Were you
surprised the match wasn't stopped, given how much you were asking the
umpire? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, this is really repeating the same again. Yes, I can't really see. That's the
fact. That's how it is. I mean, I was just asking to stop. Obviously
when I ask, I've been told, It's too late, you have to finish that. There is another fact that, you
know, when the referee calls you that the Hawk‑Eye is not in operation
anymore. I don't know why actually we have to play in that situations
when very accurate machine is not able to operate. I don't think that
the human eye can see better than that. That's another fact. So you can make a picture about it as you like. I experience this third time in a row. So I'm actually getting used to it.
Q. At other times in the tournament,
some players have complained that the courts were slippery because of
rain, and that players should have a voice in the decisions about
whether to continue. Given you experienced something with regard to
darkness, what role do you think players should have in the decisions
about when to resume play? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, that's a very
nice question. I think we should have definitely some word in that
because I think we are the one who are on the court. We are the one
that are performing, you know. The decisions are made by people who are
sitting at the chair. That's a bit, I would say, unfair in this sense. That's how it is. But we can't
really change much about it. We have to deal with the situation as it
is. That's all I can do. I mean, I have to be focused what I have to do
on the court. When you feel that you can't really change any decision, it's really pointless to try to do that.
Q. How does it feel to be in the quarterfinals again, having your game back and everything? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, actually it
feels good. I really have to just give it some time, a little thought
what was happening last couple of days. Everything kind of keeps
coming. You have to be very focused every single day. You don't really
get that day in between that you can just really get some break, you
know, just summarize the things what is happening. So I almost don't feel like I'm in the quarters yet because it's just keep going, the days. Everything is so quick. But overall I think it's pretty
good. It's a good run. It was another tough test for me. Just have to
get ready for myself for the next one. That's how it is.
Q. How do you feel you can beat Pouille? If you do, what do you feel about the prospects of Andy Murray being in your way? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm not the one
who really likes talking about the prospects and the future matches. My
opponent next is Lucas Pouille. I just really have to focus on that to
try to do my job, win the game, then we can talk about what might be
Q. How do you beat Pouille? TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm going to try to
stick with my game, try to play with what I know the best, try to
dictate. That's it. I mean, there is not many secrets behind it. Just
being very focused from the first point till the last. Just stick with
Q. I appreciate that Roger Federer is
not in your half of the draw. I'm looking to ask people about what it
takes to beat Roger at Wimbledon. You're one of only a handful of
people that has done that. Talk to me about what you need to do to stop
Federer. TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, obviously your
game has to be on the very high level, I would say. Almost be on the
line that you are able to play. You have to really play on the edge of
your tennis abilities, playing very aggressive, I have to say. I mean,
every player is different. So, you know, each style requires something
else. But speaking about myself, what I
remember, I was playing very, very aggressive, not giving him any time
at all that he can create anything. I was the one trying to push him on
the back foot. That's definitely the situation that he's not really
used to. That's what he doesn't like. When you get the opponent to the
situation that he's not really feeling comfortable, that's, I would
say, half of the success. That doesn't mean he's going to give you the
match. But that was the plan, that was the way, and it works pretty
Q. How much was the fifth set on your mind as you were leaving the courts, going through your normal routine? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean,
straight after the match, as I said, it was not the feeling I want to
really have that night. But as soon as I was able to get it out of my
mind, that was just the main thing, main goal. I think I've done it quite well. As I said, I used my experience in that sense. I just get back stronger. I start very good.
Q. When you were more inexperienced, is it possible to go crazy thinking about what's going to happen the next day? TOMAS BERDYCH: For me or him?
Q. For you, when you had less experience. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, probably. I
don't know what he says about it. I mean, that's how it is. You have to
really try to deal with that situation no matter what it is. You have
to do all possible to win that match. Somebody's like that, that he likes
to think about it, maybe be a little bit more edgy or something like
that. Bring more emotions from the last night to the game could help,
but definitely not for me.
Q. You reached the finals six years ago. What is the difference for you? TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm six years older (smiling).