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World No. 7 Tomas Berdych is hoping “to make another story happen”
at Wimbledon after reaching his first Grand Slam final at The Championships in 2010


Berdych Hoping To “Make Another Story Happen”

Wimbledon, England

by ATP Staff  |  18.06.2011

A year ago Tomas Berdych enjoyed the best two weeks of his tennis career at Wimbledon as he defeated Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route to his first Grand Slam final. The first Czech player to reach the Wimbledon final since Ivan Lendl in 1987, Berdych lost out to Rafael Nadal, but cherishes the memories of his run at SW19.

“Of course it gives you confidence. It feels much better that you are in a place where everything is just fine for you, you played well here and did a great result,” said Berdych.

“It’s some confidence which you have on the side and you know it’s there, but still more importantly it is from winning matches that you are going to build up confidence, from the first points when you start.

“Here we are starting on the same line with another 128 players and I need to build again and make another story happen. I’m going to try to do my best here to do well and try to go step-by-step and just enjoy every day here.”

The 25-year-old Berdych is staying with his girlfriend, WTA player Lucie Safarova, in a house in Wimbledon Village for the duration of the tournament and enjoys the unique atmosphere The Championships offers.

“It’s just amazing because it’s a unique place, and I’m enjoying that a lot,” said Berdych. “I like the tradition. It’s everywhere here. I think it’s like for golf fans that go to St. Andrews. It only happens once a year and it’s such a nice atmosphere. ”

“We are staying in a house not far from here. I like walking in the morning and just coming here for the club. We have quite a big house and I think it’s just something that helps to make the atmosphere of the tournament really nice.”

After reaching the Wimbledon final in 2010, Berdych struggled to find his best form for the remainder of the year, only reaching three quarter-finals in 11 tournaments. This season has seen more consistency from the Czech, marred only by a first-round exit at Roland Garros, and it is with cautious optimism that he approaches his eighth Wimbledon campaign.

“Since we left the clay, I had the chance to play one tournament on grass, reaching the semi-final in Halle. I played a couple of good matches there then came here and have been preparing. Everything is going well; I’m feeling healthy, feeling good, and really just looking forward to my first match (against Filippo Volandri). Everything could go well, but it’s going to start from the first match so I’m looking forward to that.”