Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
MASTER SERIES MADRID
October 21, 2006
Q. Even though you may
have been right yesterday about the crowd, don't you think you made a mistake to
provoke them yesterday knowing that you would play today and maybe tomorrow in
front of them? TOMAS BERDYCH: Never. I never provoked any of the
one single guy which was sitting with the people. So I don't have nothing to say
because in my mind I never made a mistake with the crowd. I don't know if
it's a mistake that I beat Rafael Nadal in Spain. Maybe that is the mistake.
They are really smart what they are doing.
Q. You think the behavior
today was just because you beat Rafael yesterday? TOMAS BERDYCH: So tell
me why -- what is any other difference.
Q. I am not Spanish. What I
feel is that -- TOMAS BERDYCH: What are you not?
Q. I am not
from Spain. I'm from France. What I feel is that by the gesture that you made
yesterday, you made the crowd turn against you. TOMAS BERDYCH: But tell
me what I did on the court yesterday. I just beat Rafael Nadal. That's all.
Q. Do you found Fernando's style difficult to play against? He
returns serve very well and his ground strokes are powerful. TOMAS
BERDYCH: Fernando is a great player. I've played already three times with him.
The two matches before was going the same way. He is playing great. His style I
really don't like. He has great serving, returning. He's playing a lot of
slice from the back hand. He has big hitting from the forehand side. It's kind
of his game, and I really don't like it, but that's the way I need to improve.
Q. Were you surprised by the way the public treated you, or was it
something that you expected before the match after beating Nadal last night?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know what you want to hear. I've never seen
something like this. It's like a dream. It's never happened to me. I think it's
not a tennis crowd. It's not for tennis. If you play Davis Cup, okay. I don't
say any word about them. But on a normal tournament when you beat the guy
that is from where the country you're playing, that's really nice from them.