Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
PACIFIC LIFE OPEN
March 14, 2006
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA
Q. How did you feel you played today? Just talk about why
you thought you won the match. TOMAS BERDYCH: So I feel I think very
good today because it was, again, my better result and better match than the
match before. Yeah, I'm happy with my tennis today. Yeah, I think more
important was that I make the first set because I was one break down, and then I
made the set. I think that was the key of the match.
Q. How hard is it to
beat Lleyton? You know the balls will keep coming back. TOMAS BERDYCH:
Yeah, I think it was very, very tough match because we play I think around one
hour the first set, and then second set I was 5-1 up, and everything go easily.
Then Lleyton, he's still fighting. He never, like, give you a ball for like free
or something. Yeah, it was very tough. Maybe I little bit lost
concentration, and that's why it was close in the second set.
Q. So why
were you able to win? What did you do better than he did? TOMAS BERDYCH:
So I think I was better serving. I think the point was that I play my tennis. I
was playing good, no making any mistakes. I don't think he play really, really
well. But nobody ask for this.
Q. So when you play against a guy who has
been No. 1, won Grand Slams, mentally what's the important thing to do so you
can play your best tennis? TOMAS BERDYCH: I think the more important
thing, every time I play these guys, I said it before, I have to just
concentrate on my tennis. If I play like hundred percent, maybe more, then I can
beat all of them. I also said that when I play with these guys, I'm not under
pressure because I'm not the favorite of the match, and he has to win. So I
think that's my advantage.
Q. How worried were you in that second set?
You had the big lead, he broke back and started to make a bit of an attack.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think that's because of Lleyton. He's fighting
all the time. He can be score 5-0, 6-0, 5-0, and he's still fighting. You have
to still concentrate on your game. I think that was my mistake. I little bit
lost concentration. He won couple of games. Then he has also chance to get back.
But hopefully I made it.
Q. What was going on in your head when you lost
focus? TOMAS BERDYCH: When I make 5-1, it was -- everything goes very
easy, then little bit like, I don't know, I like make off or something. I was
thinking that match is done, it's going to be easy the last game. But that was
the problem. He was still fighting. That I make some problems on my side.
But, yeah, I made it.
Q. You've been struggling this year. Is this a
turning point this week? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think here is very
important because these tournaments, we have like nine tournaments, and that's
one of the biggest tournaments. I think it's very important to, like,
concentrate on some of the big events. So, yeah, it's good.
forward to playing someone your own age next round? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah,
Marcos is the same age like me. But it's going to be first match we play, so we
Q. Never played in Juniors? TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I don't
think so. I cannot remember any match.
Q. When you play another young
player who's considered very good, like Baghdatis, does it mean more to you?
TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I think it's like maybe something absolutely
different because when we play, the guys, like we are same age, everything is
going out, like if he's top 10 or if he's like 80, if he made some good results
or he's playing bad or no. I think because we know each other well, not from the
court, but we know from the Juniors, so I think it's going to be something
different and very tough match.
Q. When you play someone as good as
Baghdatis or Nadal, considering they are your own age, it's a good judge of how
good you are playing, no? TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, can be. When I go to the
court with Rafael, I don't think about his results or if he's playing well, if
he's winning every tournament. I just go to the court, I know like we are same
age. I don't think about this. If I go play with, I don't know, Federer or
somebody, you think like he's some person. It's different. But now when we play
these guys same age, everything is out and it's different.
Q. When you
see these guys your own age have success, does that help with your confidence?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know what to say. We are both seeded. Yeah, I
think it's good when the young players are going to do one of the latest rounds.
I think it's good for tennis.
Q. How far are you from playing your best
tennis, do you think? TOMAS BERDYCH: I think still a little bit far. I
think my best tennis was in Paris in the finals. But I think some rounds is
left. We will see.
Q. From this point this year, by the end of this year
here, this season, do you expect to have improved in your tennis? TOMAS
BERDYCH: I think every time you can improve and be better. That's what we are
trying to do with my coach, keep going, still trying to improve more, like be
more serious, the consistent of the results, everything. I'm still so young
to improve and everything. Yeah, we are trying to do