Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
2015 Monte-Carlo Semifinal
April 18, 2015
MONTE CARLO, MONACO
T. BERDYCH/G. Monfils
THE MODERATOR: Questions in
Q. You must be happy with your year until now.
Every time finals or semifinals. Only one quarterfinal. TOMAS BERDYCH: You mean this year?
Q. Yes. TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, this
year is going pretty well. It's going almost the way we set it
up. We're missing a trophy yet as a team, and me personally, but
it's another chance tomorrow. I think I'm going to try to put myself in
the best possible position to be ready for it, be prepared. So
far having a great week, so it's all good and positive signs to me.
Q. What do you think you improved the most this season? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think it's
quite a few things. I think it's generally the approach of the
preparation, the way that we train, the way of doing the fitness
preparation I would say quite differently than it used to be in the
past. It's already quite enough things that are new and
different. The best thing for me is that I can see
the results behind it, which is always very nice and always positive
because it hasn't been a quite easy decision to me to make that change
in the end of the last year. I decided I still want to try to push
myself higher and give myself another chance, you know, to try to
compete with the best ones and move myself higher and better. So,
yeah, I think we going the right way.
Q. Do you think you are more hungry in a way than
maybe the last two years? TOMAS BERDYCH: I think that's also
one of the parts of the new team, that they are able to bring out the
new basically daily challenges, short‑term goals that we are working
on. I would say it's a secret in the team, how to set it up, that
time that we have to practice and prepare myself for the matches. Yeah, I think it's a complete package of
everything. Always there is the goal in the end of each
tournament. We trying to go that journey every time.
Q. Is it the biggest challenge for you to be able to
reach that high level also on clay? TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't really see a
big deal playing on clay or on hard. I think I'm quite a player
that can adapt quite quickly. Just with the right amount of time
and the right preparation selected, I think it's quite fine with
me. I don't see it as a big deal in that. I mean, my first Grand Slam semifinal was
in Paris. Basically I learned to play tennis on the clay.
It's not really like a Spanish way. But I spend most of my time
as a kid on clay courts. I don't see really a big deal.
Q. Why do you like to play Gaël so much? TOMAS BERDYCH: It's not that I like
it so much. Every time you go on court, you try to prepare
yourself as best as possible. You try to select the game plan
that might work. Then if you are able to stay and stick with that
game plan, then the things are working. It's just how it is. I came better prepared today. I was
playing a good tennis when I was in the tough situations, I was able to
handle it. When I got some chances, I just take my chances.
It was a great game for me today.
Q. Are you surprised you make it so easy against such
a good player? Gaël is a fighter, but he cannot fight against
you. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I think
whatever, let's leave it on the side. As I said, it's about having that game
plan. If the things are going well from my side, you know, I'm
able to control the game, that's definitely the goal that I have.
I don't want to change that. I just want to try to win as much as
I can. I think that the first set is just maybe
not showing the real way what was happening today on the court. I
think the second set he was much better. It was also part of my strategy, to have
a good and strong start. It all work out. So I think it was
just a good day in the office for me.
Q. If someone would say that the ones they are playing
now could be an anticipated final (referring to Djokovic and Rafa),
would you get angry at anybody saying something like that? You
lost 36 times out of 42 versus Nadal and Djokovic. Does it make
you angry and more motivated to do something tomorrow, strategy, plan? TOMAS BERDYCH: Did you say that
Q. I'm asking you. TOMAS BERDYCH: I'm asking if you
Q. Looking at the numbers, we have to say that it
sounds like an anticipated final, but you never know in tennis.
You won six times versus those two. TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I mean,
whatever. I think this is a part of you guys. You always
going to create something around whatever is happening. I'm going
to leave it for you. I'm just trying to do my job. I'm just
trying to use my chances, whatever it is. I think it's maybe not so fair because we
are in such a tough tennis era with all those guys. When somebody
manage to get the way to the final or playing them, you know, that it's
not the ordinary way of having a final of Rafa and Novak or Roger and
someone like that, even that it's so difficult, then there are talks
coming up like this, that this should be the final, they are the ones
that are supposed to be... I don't think this is really fair.
If there would be only one guy for 10 years of tennis, okay, there
would be no such a thing like what we are experiencing these last 10
years. Everything would be normal. I think that people just get maybe a bit
spoiled with that, that every single final is a match of Rafa and
Q. On clay especially. TOMAS BERDYCH: Roger, he made a
couple Grand Slam finals losing to Rafa. I wouldn't underestimate
him, as well. That's another sign you're saying again that you
don't even like Roger to be in the finals. I think it's not
really fair. But for me doesn't change really much.
Q. Between the two, if you had to play Nadal or
Djokovic, they play differently, and you won twice with Djokovic and
four times with Nadal, does it make any difference? TOMAS BERDYCH: Not at all.
Both extremely tough competitors to me. That's how it is, so... I think there's always chance.
There's a chance every single day you're going to play them. You
know, you just need to try to make yourself as best as you can, try as
hard as you can.
Q. If it's Nadal, do you think your victory against
him in Melbourne could help you? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, it's definitely
a positive sign to me. I'm not saying it can make rocket science
for playing him possibly tomorrow, definitely not. It's
definitely a good sign to have. Every single win with a guy from
those three we always talking about, it's a good win. Every single time you play the next match
with him, it starts with zero, and you need to win at least two
sets. That's how it is.
Q. Today everything worked very well. But what
are you most satisfied about? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I would say
it's the way that I'm preparing for the match. I'm setting up the
strategy, then I'm able to stick with it through whole game. I
think that's so far the best aspect of my game. I mean, going into detail, I think we
would be maybe too long here. This is the way what I feel the
most comfortable with. It works out pretty well.
Q. What would it mean for you to be able to hold the
trophy tomorrow? Another Masters 1000 here in Monte‑Carlo. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it would
definitely mean extremely a lot. I think it's been a very
while. I heard that it's been 10 years already. You know,
why not? It would be nice to have another trophy from the French
field. I wouldn't mind that. But I think it's very far. There
are still at least two sets to win, no matter who is the
opponent. But, yes, it would be extremely happy moment for
me. It would be another good sign, as I speak, that the work I'm
doing is the right one and I'm going the right directions.
Q. If it is Djokovic tomorrow, do you think that's the
toughest challenge in tennis at the moment? TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, probably it
is. But again, we comparing those two, Rafa or Novak. I
don't know what to say or how to compare them. It's extremely,
extremely tough both ways. Really it would be just a pure guess
in that sense.
Q. Speaking about 10 years ago, your first Masters
1000 victory, what are the things you're most happy about in your
progress since then? TOMAS BERDYCH: That's a long
time. That's a lot of water in the river that's passed already. I think it's the amount of the
experience, even the good ones and the bad ones. That's the most
important fact. I mean, it's easy to gaining those good
ones. That's very easy. I think more important is how well
you can absorbing the bad ones and the negative ones, how well you can
learn from that. I think that's the most important fact. I don't think there's nobody
perfect. I mean, some of us looks like. Well, of course,
the gentleman in the first row.
Q. He's my boss. TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, that's okay
(smiling). I think this is definitely the biggest
thing that has changed in that time. Yeah, I have no regrets on
that. It's probably not really fair anyway. You don't have
a chance to change it. You can only live with the present time
and control the things that are happening right now. So, no, I'm quite happy with the progress