Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - Round 4
T. BERDYCH/B. Tomic 6-2, 7-6, 6-2
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. It's your eighth consecutive
quarterfinal here. Why do you think you do so well at this tournament? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I like this
place. I always trying to come back very prepared. You know, you have
pretty much a good sense of time when you going to play and you can
plan the things quite easy. So, yeah, I mean, that's one of the
reasons. I mean, really, the conditions and the way how it is all
around here, that feels good to me. So that's why I like to play here.
Q. You've been very strong so far
in the tournament. How do you feel about your game and how are you
approaching the match against Rafa knowing that recently you haven't
had the best record against him? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I'm feeling very
good. It's been a great, great run so far. But, yeah, I just put myself
in the best possible position right now. I'm just really looking
forward to it. I'm going to have to, you know, add something extra
again. I mean, that's how the tournament is developing, just move
forward, just be ready for it. You know, I'm feeling strong both like
physically, mentally. Just looking forward to the match.
Q. What kind of help has it been
with a new coach, a fresh pair of eyes from Dani taking on Rafa this
time? TOMAS BERDYCH: Let's see. It's going
to be easier to judge after the match. So far, as I said in the past,
we didn't spend that much time together. But the good thing is that I'm
able to, you know, execute the things that he's telling me what to do,
how to set up for the matches. So far it works pretty well. I think
it's definitely the advantage which I was surely looking for.
Q. Do you think scouting is one of
his strengths as a coach? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes. He is very good
in that. He knows how to put up the plan before the match and how to
prepare the player. Yeah, that's the positive what I was looking for
and what I needed.
Q. What are the keys for you when
you're playing Nadal? What do you need to do in order to have a chance
against him? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean, it's the
same thing. As I said, I'm just in the best possible position right
now. I'm feeling good about it. Just need to go for it. It's not about,
you know, putting up some tactics right now. I mean, it's too early
after the match. The facts that I know right now are that I'm feeling
good, and my tennis is on the high level, which is also very positive.
That's the main facts I need to carry on and just go with that to the
Q. Rafa is really famous for his
mental strength and coming back from difficult situations. Where would
you rate him in terms of the greatest competitors that tennis has had? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, there is
no question that he's one of the best of our sport, all our era of
sport. That's not question about it. I don't know how much specific you
want me to be. First, second, third, it's always just opinion. He just
proved many times that after hard times he's able to come back. He
knows how to deal with that and that's it.
Q. How hard is it to play someone
that never gives up on the court no matter what situation he's in? TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, that's the
sign of the best players. You know, without that he wouldn't be on the
position that he is right now. So that's how it is. That's one of the
facts. But, you know, I'm just ready for it.
Q. Were you feeling any pressure at
all in the match against Bernie, particularly in the second set when it
was tight? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, he bring
some better tennis after the first set. I think he just played much
better in the end of the second set, but I still had my chances during
the whole second set. So, you know, I was just waiting to get one more,
and you know, I created for myself. I've been waiting for the chance,
and I took the second set. I mean, it was a close second set, but then,
you know, he seems that he went really down after that lost of the
second set. I was able to do the stuff that I want to.
Q. When you're playing a local
player at a big tournament, is it tough or can it also be something
that can lift you with the atmosphere and the crowd against you? TOMAS BERDYCH: I mean, always you can
take it from both sides. I mean, it's not easy. It's always a challenge
to do that, but I've been through those situations quite many times and
I know how to deal with it. So that was just another match that, you
know, I handled quite well when the circumstances was not so easy.
Q. When you reached the final at
Wimbledon, do you remember the feelings you had at the time? Was it any
different compared to now, for example, after having a strong four
matches? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I do remember
that feeling, but, no, every single tournament. Every single slam is
different. There is no need to be comparing that. I mean, it's not
going to get you any better; it's not going to get you any worse. It's
just how it is. Right now I'm much better player than I was back then.
But it's always about all the circumstances all around, how the weeks
go, how the opponents are, everything. There could be so many things,
so there's no way to compare that.
Q. Can you compare tonight's match
with your previous three rounds? Do you think it was your strongest
performance tonight? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, it was. I'm very
happy with the way I'm able to add and increase my game every single
match that I played here so far. That's what I want to keep doing for
the rest of the tournament. That's it, you know. I mean, there is no
necessary to play your best in the first round and then your game goes
Q. Given how the seeds have been
tested or have fallen in the early stages, how much confidence does it
give you to look ahead to the second week? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, it's not important
to me at all. I mean, I'm trying to really focus on myself, what I'm
doing here, how I'm playing. And, as I said, I'm feeling good. I'm
hitting the ball nice and clean. That's important to me. You know, I'm
able to keep increasing the level of my game. That's what I definitely
going to need for the extremely tough match for the next round. That's
just the plans what I'm really trying to focus on.
Q. You had that famous volley with
the two sets lead against him a couple years ago here. You don't
remember that? TOMAS BERDYCH: To Rafa?
Q. Yes. You had a volley for two
sets to love. TOMAS BERDYCH: Okay.
Q. You came very close then maybe
to beating him. Does that give you confidence that you can play him
that tough on a big stage here? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, it has nothing to
do with that. Definitely not. As I said, every slam is different. Every
opponent, even if is the same one, then the match is different. So, no.
It's going to start from 0-0. That's how it is. No comparing with the
past. Just trying to be in this time and looking forward to it.
Q. Were you surprised you weren't
playing on Rod Laver Arena tonight? TOMAS BERDYCH: No. I don't really
care about it. I mean, you know, I got my time on the big court. So far
I played there two matches. One of my favorite courts is the Margaret
Court. So, you know, it's another two wins added there. Just now, you
know, get some time, you know, find some spot to have a hit on the Rod
Laver just to be ready for that.