Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 12, 2014
T. BERDYCH/M. Cilic
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Tomas I'm sure you feel much better today than you
did the other day. Can you talk a little bit about the last 48
hours, what you did in between the two matches to turn it around. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, basically,
yes, you're right. I felt much better on the court. But
still it was not one of my best. That's fair to say. But, you know, I think that's the beauty
of this event. One day you can be swept out from the court like I
did, or I've been actually, and in two days' time you can come up and
you can play a different tennis. Well, basically there were no miracles in
that time in between the matches. But, you know, I just had a
good practice session yesterday, good rest, refocused again, and go for
another match. More importantly, you know, it's like
stay self‑confident, self‑belief, really just keep on going, keep on
pushing. You're not going to get nothing for free. You just
have to work for it hard, that's it.
Q. You've always lost your first match, then won your
second match. Is that because it's taken you some time to settle
on court or perhaps because you're always playing a higher‑ranked
opponent in the first match? Why is it? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, you can see it
both ways, as you mention it. I think it's very typical
tournament which we have just once a year. Somebody is more
flexible to adapt for that, bring up the best tennis right away from
the beginning, play great. Me, takes some time. Hopefully
there is the third one. Well, definitely it's going to be with
the toughest opponent that pretty much I can get here. But, you
know, the chances are still there. It's just about hitting the
ball and playing some tennis.
Q. If I'm not mistaken, all of your years here have
been in London, and the contract goes through next year. What are
your feelings about keeping the event here in London? What is
your experience? From a calendar point of view, atmosphere point
of view, what are your thoughts on that? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would say
there are two points of that. I'm not pretty much the right one
who can decide between them. One is definitely that I never experience
anything before, but what I experienced last five years, it's
incredible event with great atmosphere, with the spectators. They
come up every day, fill up the stadium, make a great atmosphere. That's why we play tennis. That's
the best feeling when you step on court and have a crowd like
that. Of course, the hospitality and so on, so on, it's on the
highest level. The other one, it's just pretty much a
question why not give the opportunities and bring the tennis and the
World Tour Finals to a different part of the world. That's the
only thing. It's hard to choose between these two
options. It's definitely not my job to do that.
Q. You played Marin quite a few times this year.
How would you rate his performance? Was it one of the worst this
year? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't
know. I'm not going to judge all the 10 meetings, then we going
to be here for a long time. Let's do the last one. Let's put it
this way. I mean, it's match as any other. Me personally
are just trying to come up to the court and try to play the best as I
can, trying to prepare for that. I didn't have the greatest start
of this event at all. I was able to come up and change something,
play better tennis. Let's put it this way. With the way
he played, he would never win a US Open.
Q. What are your thoughts on Novak in the next
round‑robin match? TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm going to try to,
you know, maybe three, four games. That would be better from the
last time (laughter). Well, that experience was really
experience, you know. As I said after my first match, it couldn't
be worse than that. So let's see. It's pretty much same
scenario for that. It couldn't be pretty much worse than that, as
well. You know, it's always a huge challenge to
play No.1 player in the world. The way he's playing, where are we
playing, it's pretty much all set up for him and for his game.
That's how it is. So for me it's going to be great to play
a match with him, maybe the last of the season, maybe not. But
even if it's the last one, it's with the No.1 player in the
world. It's really, as I said, huge challenge. I'm going to
try to, you know, bring all I have what is left in me, challenge him.
Q. It's been seven matches, seven pretty quick
straight setters. Are you surprised by that? Why do you
think that has happened? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, no, I'm not
surprised at all. I mean, the tennis could go really either
way. It's not about that something is wrong or not. That's
how it is. That's the fact. I don't think that we have to look for it
more deeply. Just take it as a fact, and that's it.
Q. You would have no problem traveling to the Middle
East or Asia or somewhere else at the year‑end championships? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course,
that's what I'm saying. You know, let's see what are the
advantages there. If there is something what they can come up
with, better possibilities or something like that, let's do that.
If not, my personally, I have a one and a half hour flight, so for me,
London is great.
Q. There was a recent naming of several Italian tennis
players in a soccer match fixing investigation. I'm wondering,
what is your level of concern about match fixing in tennis? TOMAS BERDYCH: Honestly, I don't
know much about it. I'm not the one who is looking really for any
single news on every single thing. I just believe that, you know,
there is certain people or the right people who's going to take care of
it, who's going to deal with that, who's going to make it clear from
our sport. That's it. Even if there is some or there is no, we
have to always wait for the last verdicts or whatever it is. Then
it's not good for our sport, but if it's going to be clean, that's how
it should be done.
Q. In your game it's a lot about belief. Do you
believe with your best game, you said today this was not the best
tennis you could play, that you can challenge Novak Djokovic? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, well, it's
been just twice I did it. I beat him, you know. We're
talking about one of the best players in our sport. So it's not
going to happening pretty much every single match. Of course, it's about a
self‑belief. I'm here to do my best, to go on court and try to
play the best tennis. Hopefully I'm going to be successful. But, you know, I also have the experience
when I played quite a good tennis, it didn't work out at all.
Then I didn't play my best tennis, I was really 6‑2, 5‑2 down, then all
of a sudden I turned the match around and I won. I think that's just the beauty of the
tennis. Every match, it's different. You know, just get
ready, be prepared, just go for it.
Q. I want to praise you for your sense of humor.
You are great on Twitter. You're becoming better and better on
press conferences. TOMAS BERDYCH: Thank you.
Q. Apart from that, in the year 2009, there were 10
matches out of 15 at the Masters, the ATP Finals, that went to a third
set. Now you see it's a fact that seven matches went two
sets. Do you think there's a difference between maybe now, now
maybe players are more satisfied, they have less hunger because once
you lose the first set, I won't say quit, but you don't fight as much
to come back? I'm trying to provoke a clever answer. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think the
best is if you're going to go and you're going to see all the guys, ask
them personally what they think about their matches. Me personally, I would say no. I've
lost pretty bad match in the first day, and there is not much else I
can do. It's just, you know, recover from that, try to change few
things, try to do it better, and then come up stronger for the next
one. And that's what I did. So in my point of view it's no for what
you were mentioning here. I hope it's also no from the other
guys. But, you know, I think only them, they can judge it the
best. They can say how they feel, what's their approach, what
they can do.