Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2015 DOHA Round 1
QATAR EXXONMOBILE OPEN
January 6, 2015
T. BERDYCH/D. Istomin
THE MODERATOR: Questions,
Q. How satisfying
was that for you to start the new season in that way?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's
always a pleasure to have a match like that on the belt, especially for
the first one of the year. And, well, I mean, it's good to put
something from, you know, from the practice court and then be able to
bring it on and succeed on the match.
You know, I have been in similar
situation last year where I was playing quite well, but then get on
court and unluckily lost a very close match. And it was maybe not
the best way how to start the first week. But this year it's
different. I feel much better. I feel very good on
court. Having a win like that, it's just a good sign to go.
with your new coaching setup, what things have you been working on?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, firstly
was ‑‑well, I would say the biggest part of the time I spent with my
new fitness guy was during the IPTL when we work mainly on my fitness
and condition preparation, and then when I get home after that, then,
well, Dani joined the team and we start to work on some tennis things,
There have been a few things that
we set up as I would say like a short time, short‑term goals that we
want to work on and trying to implement it to my game. And then,
of course, there is going to be some work coming and some adjustments
during the year. But the first one has been try to get more
variations for my second serve, especially, and then, you know, try to
use a little bit more my forehand and just couple of things that they
are going to be, I would say, the key for the beginning and start of
the year. I think it was a good choice, and I felt to have a very
Q. Can you
address a little bit why you felt it was time for a change in coaches
and choosing Dani as your coach?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think
‑‑well, it's always hard to say if it's the right time or not. I
mean, the results, it's gonna be seen probably a little bit more in the
future, but, I mean, still I had a very solid five, six years with
Tomas, and it was a great result that we achieved together, but I just
felt that if you want to get and if you want to make that step higher,
it's just the right time for me in my stage of the career just to try
and do it, you know, try to get someone who is coming with like a fresh
view from the outside and with fresh and new ideas.
I think that Dani is perfect
example of that. I think he's very experienced in this way.
I mean, his past job was working with Andy and those experience, even
the working with Ivan in the same team and, you know, winning two slams
and Olympic medal, it's something that gives you so many
experience. He's a hard worker guy, and that's why it was a
choice for him.
Q. Could you
please talk about your next game? You might play either Monaco or
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think
Kavcic won his first match, so it's going to be him. Well, again,
my main focus is going to be for my game, for the way that I'm going
and how I'm going to handle the match, trying to focus on few things
which we gonna set with Dani before the match, and that's it.
I mean, it's probably not gonna be
about like really much looking what the opponent is going to come up
with but mainly about my game, with my tennis. And if these
things are working, then I should be able to go through.
Q. If I can ask
you a question about Rafa, we have seen him injured quite a bit through
his career and everything, and a lot of people think, oh, well, he will
never come back, and then he often comes back out of that even stronger
than he was. How do you assess him as a strong competitor and
looking ahead to the Australian Open? Does he look like he's, you
know, underplayed or can you never count him out?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Ah, well, it's
a tough question, and especially after that time that he's been off and
then he come back and he almost had his best season ever. You
know, he showed to all of us that he's very strong after coming back
from the injuries.
It's really hard to judge.
You know, it's not really easy to coming back from the injuries.
But once you are able to make it like that, then probably he knows how
to be prepared and how to come back very strong, and, you know, we
still talking about the guy that Rafa is.
You know, once he decide that he
will come back and he's strong enough, then he's gonna be on the high
level to compete back again.
Q. What did Ivan
Lendl tell you about Dani? What was his words for Dani?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, honestly
we didn't talk about it, and because I had a meeting with Ivan and it
was after the Shanghai, and then the main reason was just I was
basically trying convince him to add him to my team and unfortunately
didn't work out. That time Dani was with Andy and the team, so
there was no ‑‑basically I have no clue that there is something like
this possible in the future, so we didn't talk about it at all.