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2010 French Open Day 13 Tomas Berdych lost to Robin Soderling

6-3, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

Friday, June 4, 2010

THE MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, Tomas Berdych. Questions, please.

Q. When do you think the match turned? In the beginning of the fourth, or...

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't know if well, I can find, well, like a moment when it turned to the other side. But I think actually the very important moment was in the first set when I lost my serve.

Yeah, I think that game was not good from my side, you know. I made really two easy mistakes, lost easy my serve, you know, and I think that that was very important.

Because then I could stay with him and then had a couple of chances to make a break, finish the first set on my side, and then all the match could be different.

Q. Were you a little bit nervous in the first set when you were getting on the court?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, just I was really trying to enjoy it, because, you know, all the nervous or nerves, whatever, you know.

It's the reason of, you know, the nice results to be the in the semifinals and enjoying the time to go on court. That's the payout for the result.

Q. You hit very hard. Does he hit harder than you?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know. I didn't see the game from, you know, from the stands. Then you can judge it from there. So it's maybe gonna be question for all of you who just saw it from the stands.

And, yeah, he plays well, he plays his game, he plays aggressive, and serving well.

That's what he did. Just won.

Q. He seemed to get a little nervous in the second and third set and you played better. I guess it was disappointing that you couldn't carry that. You seemed to be on top of him for quite a while there. Must be disappointed you weren't able to keep that going.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course you are disappointed when you are from the court and you are not the winner.

Well, I don't see it as a big, you know, big reason of the match or big point in the match, because, you know, just the match is really long. You get a little bit nervous, yeah, but that's how it is, you know.

Yeah, I mean, maybe I should yeah, as I said, you know, I shouldn't leave my serve in the first set and could be different.

Q. You played Robin now eight times. Last time in Miami you beat him pretty easily. What do you think is so good about his game now? Or do you think it's that good? I mean, he beat you now 3 2, but what in Robin's game has improved most?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I know that you want to heard something different, but I will say that only we play on the hardcourt and here is the clay. So that was the difference.

Q. What memories will you keep from this French Open? Is there any special moment that you will remember for a long time?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean well, I hope it's not gonna be for that long time, because I hope to do some other and good hopefully better results somewhere. Maybe here again, but whatever.

But so far it was a great two weeks for me, and, well, it's gonna be every match, you know. Every round I won here, it's a great moment. Every time you win the match then you really enjoy it. You are happy. So it was the best moments for me so far.

You know, every time, even if you win like five, six matches and then you're not gonna leave from the tournament as a winner, then the last one gives you really, you know, like kind of big hit that you still have something left on the place.

You have to go back home, you know, practice hard again, and prepare for the next one.

Q. Sometimes guys you beat come in here, and we ask them about what it's like playing you. They can get quite poetic describing how you hit the ball and the power you have. Tell us a little bit about Robin's game and the kind of ball he hits.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I think it's gonna be the same. I'm gonna be in the side of those guys who's gonna play against me, you know. He's yeah, I'm gonna repeat the same. He's playing really aggressive, you know. That's the style what he likes, serving quick serves.

Yeah, that's pretty much what you can see from him on the court.

Q. Is it a heavier ball than some other guys hit, or is his serve significantly tougher?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I don't know. Maybe he's doing it well, he's doing it a little bit better than the others, you know. He's in the finals. Yeah, he's doing quite well.

That's his style what he likes to play. That's what he's doing on the court. He's winning.

Q. What do you think about Robin's chances in the final?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, well, you know, we still waiting for his opponent for the final. If he's gonna play against Rafa, you know, he's the only one who beat him here, so I think he's got really big chance.

Q. Two things: Did your legs get a little tired in the fifth set? Did you lose a little conditioning? Secondly, in a different way, talk some more about what you think specifically you can take from this tremendous run you had here for your game and what you'll try and learn from this.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, so the first thing is, yeah, it could be a little bit. You know, it was a little bit for my serve, you know. I lost a little bit the just a little bit of power for my first serve. Then like the movement and rhythm was not that optimal as the beginning of the match.

This is the reason that we play on clay, you know. Because for me, it's really hard and just taking so much energy, you know, for me to play on this slow surface.

You know, that's just show I need to go back home, work hard again, and just be ready for next year clay court season, and be better than this year.

The other thing is, yeah, it's just gives me you know, every match gives me a lot of confidence until the last one. That's what I just need to keep it up, just have all those positive memories and, you know, try my best in another weeks and another tournaments.

They just show that I can play with all those guys, you know, I can beat all of them. Yeah, just keep going and waiting for another chance.

Q. Is your dream to win a Slam? Can you achieve your dream?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, of course. I mean, that's why I'm here. I'm coming to every Grand Slam and trying my best. So far it was the semifinal. Maybe I would say better lose now than in the final.

So, you know, getting some experience. I'm still quite young and have some time to play a couple of those tournaments. You know, if sometimes, would be nice.

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