Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
Berdych still searching for his
PARIS Tue Nov 4, 2014 9:28pm EST
(Reuters) - Ivan Lendl might be "way too busy" to be his mentor but
Tomas Berdych has not given up the dream of jumping on the 'super
If he needs any pointers on how to carve out a successful coaching
relationship with a grand slam champion, the players' lounge at the 02
Arena is the place to be during the ATP World Tour Finals which start
Should Berdych decide to hang out in the area, he could find the place
buzzing with the presence of no less than five 'super coaches'.
Three years after Andy Murray pulled off a coup by hooking up with
eight-times grand slam champion Lendl, the super-coach seems to have
become a 'must-have' accessory for many of the top players.
Eighties rivals Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg have become familiar
sights in the locker rooms after they were lured back into the
day-to-day grind of grand slam tennis by Novak Djokovic and Roger
Goran Ivanisevic and Michael Chang will also be in London to oversee
the progress of ATP Finals debutants Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori,
while Murray's 'chosen one' is now Amelie Mauresmo.
Berdych's desire to draft in Lendl to his coaching set up was an
obvious one -- with both hailing from the Czech Republic -- but the man
who guided Murray to Olympic glory and two grand slam titles simply
could not commit to a full-time job with the world number seven.
"We had a meeting when I got back from Shanghai. It didn't work out
because Ivan decided he's not able to give the full amount of the weeks
that he would like to give," Berdych told Reuters in an interview in
the run up to the season finale.
"He is going to be busy with his activities and his stuff, so not with
Berdych has already drawn up a shortlist of champions he would like to
work with but after the talks with Lendl failed to produce the desired
effect, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up is keeping tight lipped about his
"I'm not going to say anything because that's not the way I want to
deal with those people. He is going to be sitting at home reading an
article that's about him. It needs to be done by a proper way,"
explained Berdych as he ran his fingers through strands of his dark
hair which were sticking out from underneath his back-to-front baseball
UNLUCKY FOR ME
"I'm trying to bring a guy with a different experience... all those
experiences that he can have from playing those big matches or prepare
a player for those big matches.
"It is a person that can be a consultant or just on top
current team who are doing a great job.
"It's not easy to just say I want to work with (a particular) past
champion and it's going to work out. It also is about who that person
is and... seeing if that's the right decision and if (the relationship)
can work out.
"If you put 10 coaches together, all of them are going to have
different things that they can see, they can adjust and that they can
"I am looking to improve myself. One day I am going to (retire) and I
want to say, 'That was quite a successful career and I've tried
everything I possibly can'."
What he would like to achieve more than anything else is to improve his
lopsided 11-46 losing record against the Big Three of Federer, Rafa
Nadal and Djokovic.
It has been 10 years since he first burst into the spotlight by
railroading Federer at the 2004 Athens Olympics but since then his wins
over the tennis establishment have been few and far between.
So does Berdych feel lucky or unlucky to be playing in what he
described as "the best era of our sport"?
"Well I would say unlucky and, on the other hand, I think sometimes it
is a pleasure to be a part of that and to have had the chance to play
the best guys like Roger and Rafa," said Berdych, who has been drawn
with world number one Djokovic in Group A at the Finals.
"I don't think there will ever be another time when someone is going to
achieve more (than them).
"But it's also been unlucky for me as it's much harder to fight for one
of the slams and the higher rankings."
Despite the misfortune he has suffered with the timing of his career,
Berdych said he still had plenty to look forward to despite turning 30
"Yes I still enjoy playing and the whole career is still very much
developing year-by-year and I have to say it is very different from the
first years to now, and I like it," he explained with a grin.
"There are certain stages that you have in your career that you have to
go through and that's what I enjoy. That's why I always find some new
motivation to go another year.
"For me it's more fun now because I am older, I am more experienced and
I enjoy it even more."
The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals will be held at The O2 in London
from Nov 9-16.