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2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 4: Tomas Berdych INTERVIEW after losing to Rafael Nadal

Posted on January 20, 2019 at 5:10 PM

Q. That was kind of a bit of a shocker, us seeing that scoreline in the first couple of sets. How well was Rafa playing today?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, he was playing well. Nevertheless, the first two sets it was me back before six months. For the third set, I finally showed up on the court, so that's good. That's the only one of the positives I can take from the match. That's it.

I mean, of course he started well. If you allow him to start well, then that's not a problem actually on the level like Rafa is to play a good tennis. That was absolutely understandable for the circumstances that was going on.

Yeah, I mean, for me at least the experience that I can take from the match is that I was able to find a way and find the way I was playing here at least for the third set. A bit unlucky at the end of the third set, but that's all right.

Q. What do you put the early slow start to the match? Any signs before the match started?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, no signs.

Q. First-serve percentage was down. First time in a while it's been that down.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, yeah, exactly. We can go lot of details, a lot of statistics that they were down. Exactly like I said, it was just not me for the beginning. That's it. That's just a very simple fact.

Q. What was going on with the shot clock?

TOMAS BERDYCH: It was not working.

Q. You seemed a bit annoyed by it.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, we can talk other things. I think it's already done. What can we do? It's all right. It's just a clock.

Q. After the first two sets, you went into overdrive in the third set. What spurred you on?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I don't know. Did you listen what I was just saying right now? It's exactly the same answer. I mean, the first two sets I didn't show up. It was me six months ago. Now the third set, it was me playing a good tennis and creating the chances.

I think there was nothing really magical behind it. It was just the way how I dealt with the situation. Yeah, a bit of experience. The last time I played a top-three guy was, what, almost a year ago. It's been a while.

Q. Does this kind of result give you a lot of positive feelings heading into the rest of the season?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, the feelings are good. As I said, the decision first of all to take that six months' break was good. Then I had plenty of time to get my body ready, prepared. I started to do new things. The new things are working. I started to win matches.

Yeah, there are a lot of positives that are going to go with me to back home.

Q. Where are you going next?

TOMAS BERDYCH: I will see. I just need to decide and not overdoing it. I had planned for Montpellier, that's right now on the table. I just have to see. There are tournaments I'm not getting in, stuff like that. But plenty of time. The season is very long. No need to rush anywhere.


2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 4: TOMAS BERDYCH lost to RAFAEL NADAL *OoP* *Score and Stats* *Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani* *Ester Berdych Satorova* *Coach Martin Stepanek*

Posted on January 20, 2019 at 3:25 PM

Prediction - WHAT THEY SAY  :)

Steen: Both players are in excellent form and this should be a good contest. Berdych has the game to beat Nadal on this surface but mentally he struggles against elite players so you have to figure Nadal will find a way to win and reach the quarterfinals. Nadal in 4

Yesh: Berdych is rolling back the clock and it is awesome. He’s playing like he once could, and his groundstrokes are just overpowering. Nadal is serving better than we have seen from him in almost a decade, but this match has upset written all over it. Berdych in 4


Tomas Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal

Second seed Rafael Nadal swept aside former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Spain's Nadal, 32, beat Czech Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in Melbourne.

Nadal won the first nine games, sprinting to a 6-0, 3-0 lead on Rod Laver Arena, before Berdych finally got on the scoreboard. The Spaniard's agility and penetrating shotmaking rattled the Czech throughout the encounter, and he refused to allow him to find any rhythm from the back of the court.

Contesting the ninth match in his comeback, Berdych was visibly fatigued and Nadal capitalised. The Manacor native fired 32 winners, including five aces, while denying both break points faced.

"[Rafa] was playing well," said Berdych. "Nevertheless, the first two sets it was me back [to where I was] six months [ago]. For the third set, I finally showed up on the court, so that's good."


Scrore and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal

Tomas Berdych's wife, Ester Satorova

Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani of Sweden

Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 3: Enjoy 50 (1-25) COMBO-IMAGES (1/2) Tomas Berdych def. Diego Schwartzman *Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic* *Coach Martin Stepanek* *wife Ester Berdych Satorova*

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 3:05 PM

it's raining tn Melbourne today... car needed !

Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic

Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek and Ester Berdych Satorova

Tomas Berdych talks to chair umpire Marijana Veljovic. He is disturbed by the light of the spots which dazzles him.


Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic

Tomas Berdych in action in his third round match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Berdych won 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 3: Enjoy 50 (26-50) COMBO-IMAGES (2/2) Tomas Berdych def. Diego Schwartzman *Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic* *Coach Martin Stepanek* *wife Ester Berdych Satorova*

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 1:10 PM

Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek applauds him during his match against Diego Schwartzman

Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek and Ester Berdych Satorova watch his third round match

Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic

Chair Umpire Marijana Veljovic

Tomas Berdych signs autographs for fans and pose a selfie after winning his third round match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Berdych won 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 3: TOMAS BERDYCH def. DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN *OoP* *Score and Stats* *Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic* *Ester Berdych Satorova*

Posted on January 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM

Berdych, who reached the semi-finals in Melbourne in 2014 and 2015 but is unseeded this year after injury

Order of Play - Friday, January 18, 2019


Jerry Lai - USA TODAY Sports

Diego Schwartzman and Tomas Berdych meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.

Diego Schwartzman is coming off a five sets win over Denis Kudla that took 52 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 63 percent of his first serve points and 72 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman won 65 percent of his total service points and produced nine breaks on 18 break points. Schwartzman has played nine sets to get to this point and is coming off a nearly four hour match, so it’s going to be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank. Schwartzman hasn’t won three matches in a single tournament since last years French Open. Schwartzman hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth time in his career. Schwartzman has won four of his last five matches on hard court.

Tomas Berdych is coming off a straight sets win over Robin Haase that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Berdych won 88 percent of his first serve points and 74 percent of his second serve points. Berdych won 73 percent of his total service points and didn’t face a single break point in a victory that took less than an hour and a half. Berdych has faced just one break point in his first six sets, and when you add his four wins in Doha, the 33-year-old seems to be in great form to start the 2019 year. Berdych hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the 11th time in his last 15 tries. Berdych has lost before the fourth round of the Australian Open once since 2011. Berdych has matches on hard court.

There’s no previous matches between these two players.

As if Berdych wouldn’t be the favorite to win this match on even terms, he’s played less tennis in his first two matches combined than Schwartzman played in his last marathon five setter. Grand slam play can often be a battle of conditioning on the mens side, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some tired legs from Schwartzman at some point. Even with a day off, it's not easy to rebound from a five set match and then get ready for another three, four set match. We see guys fold all the time under these circumstances. Berdych is also in great form, which included a final run in Doha, so he’s tough to bet against regardless.

Mr. Consistent: Berdych Through To Fourth Round

ATP WORLD TOUR  |  18 January 2019

The usual suspects – Federer, Nadal, Djokovic – and the next wave of ATP Tour talent – Zverev, Tsitsipas, Shapovalov – have been stealing the homepage slots. But quietly and confidently, Tomas Berdych is – again – powering his way through the Australian Open draw.

The 33-year-old Czech advanced to the fourth round in Melbourne for the 11th time on Friday, coming back from a set down against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Berdych finally lost his serve, in the 11th game of the first set, after holding 32 consecutive times to start the tournament.

But he never lost it again, erasing seven of eight break points against the 18th-seeded Schwartzman, who was trying to reach the fourth round for the second consecutive year in Australia.

The 6'5” Czech missed the last five months of the 2018 season because of back pain, but he's looked agile and all the smarter for taking the time off. The former World No. 4 will face second seed Rafael Nadal or Australia's #NextGenATP star Alex de Minaur.

Score and Stats - Berdych def. Schwartzman

Tomas Berdych reaches his 11th Australian Open fourth round

Tomas Berdych continues comeback

By Ben Grounds  |  EUROSPORT

Tomas Berdych roared back from losing the opening set against the 18th seed Diego Schwartzman to book his place in the last 16 of the Australian Open with a 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory at the Melbourne Arena.

It is the 11th time that Berdych has reached the round of 16 at the first Grand Slam of the year, and the two-time Australian Open finalist will face the winner of Alex De Minaur's clash with Rafael Nadal in the first match of the night session at the Rod Laver Arena.

Berdych, who is not seeded at a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2005, reeled off some booming aces in a love service game to begin proceedings.

The Czech entered the encounter having not dropped a set this week, but he was broken in the 11th game in his first ever match with Schwartzman. Last year's French Open quarter-finalist stung his opponent with a round-the-net winner and a thumping forehand earned him the right to serve out the first set in 51 minutes.

But Berdych - who missed much of last season through back trouble - recovered, improving his forehand returns with 20 winners and only seven unforced errors, snaring the break before holding to win the second set and level the match.

In a tight third set, Schwartzman was the first to pass up the chance of a break in the eighth game, and the Argentine was made to pay as Berdych took the second of three break points to take the crucial break before serving out the set.

Schwartzman's first serve continued to tire with Berdych punishing on the second, and he had no response as the Czech struck early in the fourth set with a forehand winner.

The man from Buenos Aires played nine sets in the opening two rounds, and fatigue appeared to play its toll as Berdych showed his rich array of skills to serve out the win on the cusp of three hours of play

Chair umpire Marijana Veljovic

Berdych, 33, is through to this stage of the competition for the eighth time in the last nine years after a 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4 victory over 18th seed Diego Schwartzman. His beautiful wife Ester Satorova was spotted cheering on her husband in the stands at the first tennis grand slam of the year. The stunning 26-year-old, who married the tennis ace four years ago, stood out from the crowd in a classy black jacket.

Tomas Berdych: Another good day at the office

JANUARY 19, 2019


Tomas Berdych has quietly been going on with his business with the Czech progressing into the Fourth Round of the Australian Open after defeating No.18 seed Diego Schwartzman 5-7 6-3 7-5 6-4. He is set to play the winner of Rafael Nadal and Alex de Minaur for a place in the quarterfinals. “I will watch, but not the whole match,” Berdych said.

“I also want to have my time, not spending it just on tennis, number one. Number two, I don’t really care [who I play]. Let them play, let them enjoy. Both are great players, one making history playing for so long winning so many slams and the upcoming star from Australia.

I’m gonna be ready for either of them.” The Czech was also cautious about how he goes about taking care of the Argentine. “Well I think we can find a couple of advantages on my side and some on his side,” Berdych said of the height difference.

“That’s the beauty of our sport that we can have such different players … Really, I mean, you just have to take your advantages and play your best.” He then ended by saying that he was content with his performance and looking forward to the challenges head.

PHOTO GALLERY - 2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 2 Tomas Berdych def. Robin Haase

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 11:30 PM

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 2 - Tomas Berdych during day three second- round match of the 2019 Australian Open on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Court No. 8 at Melbourne Park Tennis Centre Melbourne, Australia. Tomas Berdych beat Robin Haase 6-1 6-3 6-3. 

Tomas Berdych celebrates after defeating Robin Haase of the Netherlands in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. Berdych won 6-1 6-3 6-3.

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 2: TOMAS BERDYCH def. ROBIN HAASE *OoP* *Score and Stats* *Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte* *Ester Berdych Satorova*

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 11:05 PM

Order of Play - Wednesday, January 16, 2019


Tomas Berdych beat Kyle Edmund in three sets in the first round so should be very confident for this match.

Robin Haase was also a three-set winner in his opening match, versus Spaniard Guillermo García-López.

There have been five previous matches between Tomas Berdych and Robin Haase.

Berdych has won three of them. This should be a very close match if world rankings are anything to go by.

Tomas Berdych is ranked 57 in the world. Meanwhile, Robin Haase is ranked 58.


Tomas Berdych needed just 20 minutes to take the first set as the Czech went on to eventually crush Robin Haase 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Berdych continued his fine form on his return to the competition following a back injury, and the former world number four dispatched the Dutchman with minimum fuss.

The former world number 4 has made a resurgent start to 2019 and he produced another flawless display on Court 8.

The Czech is yet to have his serve broken in his first two matches this week, and he will face Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Denis Kudla in five sets.

Score and Stats - Berdych won 6-1 6-3 6-3.

  • (bottom) Chair umpire is Aurélie Tourte of France 
  • Tomas Berdych’s beautiful wife Ester Satorova was spotted cheering on her husband

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Round 1: TOMAS BERDYCH def. KYLE EDMUND *12 combo-images* *Chair Umpire John Blom* *Ester Berdych Satorova* *Coach Martin Stepanek*

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Edmund Kyle, who is seeded 13th, will be going up against unseeded player Tomas Berdych in the first round of the Australian Open 2019.

At the Qatar Open last week, Berdych marked his return from a six-month hiatus due to a back injury by finishing as runner-up – losing to Roberto Bautista Agut.

Tomas Berdych is a two-time semi-finalist at the Australian Open and made it to the Wimbledon final in 2010 but was beaten by Rafael Nadal. He is currently ranked 57th in the world but his career high is fourth (in May 2015).

Tomas Berdych will play his first round match on  Monday, January 14, 2019. Match will be third on the Melbourne Arena, with play starting at midnight UK time.

Order of Play – Monday, January 14, 2019 From 11:00 am Melbourne

Tomas Berdych has made a flying start, racing into the second round with a straight-sets win over Kyle Edmund

Comeback man Berdych hammers Edmund

Match Report

Monday, January 14, 2019

Michael Beattie (Official website Australian Open)

Kyle Edmund became the second top 16 seed casualty of the men’s draw on day 1 of Australian Open 2019, beaten by fellow former semi-finalist Thomas Berdych 6-3 6-0 7-5.

The No.13 seed, who reached the last four at Melbourne Park in 2018, joins No.9 seed John Isner among Monday’s also-rans after failing to make any impact against 2014 and 2015 semi-finalist Berdych. The Czech hammered 37 winners to the Briton’s 25 in an impressive return to form, setting up a second-round showdown with Robin Haase.

“It’s been a very long six months that I was out,” said Berdych, who briefly contemplated retirement while recovering from a back injury that ruled him out of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.

“I was feeling really good on court. I like this Melbourne heat; it’s been so many years that I’ve loved coming back.

“The draw for the first round was very difficult – I was not seeded – and playing Kyle for the first match is not easy. I’m very pleased with the way I played, and it’s a good sign for me for the rest of the tournament.”

Berdych was quickly into his rhythm on Melbourne Arena, racing to a 3-0 lead that proved enough to secure the opening set. The former world No.4, who arrived at Melbourne Park ranked No.57, punished a string of short returns with clean winners, denying the Briton a route back into the set.

Things got even worse for Edmund in the second set as the shadows cast by the setting sun edged across the court. His serve and forehand lacked their typical venom as Berdych fired back with interest, swatting winners that left the 24-year-old rooted to the spot.

Edmund hunkered down in the third set but still he had not fashioned a break point on the Berdych serve, the 33-year-old firing 12 aces and winning 88 per cent of points behind his first delivery as the business end of the set approached.

That all changed with Berdych serving to stay in the set at 4-5. A loose forehand drive volley set the tone for a ropey game from the Czech, who watch both a forehand and backhand winner sail past as Edmund reached set point. But Berdych rallied, hooking a forehand winner into the corner before Edmund pushed a volley into the tramlines as the chance passed.

Just as Edmund seemed to have dented Berdych’s defences, his own were breached once more. From 40-0 up in the next game he crumbled, coughing up a string of errors before Berdych hammered back-to-back forehand winners to move within a game of the win, serving out a love game with an ace in one hour, 42 minutes.

“I’m just trying to enjoy every single moment on court, and today was another good day,” Berdych added. “Right now, I think my body is paying me off – I gave him a break, and now the body’s going to hold for… let’s see how long.”

Tomas Berdych's wife, Ester Satorova

Tomas Berdych's coach Martin Stepanek and wife Ester Berdych Satorova

Chair Umpire Australian John Blom

Tomas Berdych shakes hands with Kyle Edmund of Great Britain following victory in the first round match during day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Berdych won 6-3 6-0 7-5.

CAPTION THIS: Fit and relaxed ahead of the 2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Tomas Berdych has lost weight and enjoys it! *6 photos*

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Berdych arrives fresh from reaching the final in Doha


Posted on January 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Defending champion Roger Federer speaks on stage near the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup during the Official Draw ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. Men’s singles: 128 competitors including 16 qualifiers and eight wildcards.


[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)

[Q] Mitchell Krueger (USA)

[WC] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Martin Klizan (SVK)

Taro Daniel (JPN)

[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

Pablo Andujar (ESP)

[25] Denis Shapovalov (CAN)

[21] David Goffin (BEL)

Christian Garin (CHI)

Marcel Granollers (ESP)

Marius Copil (ROU)

Jiri Vesely (CZE)

Ryan Harrison (USA)

[Q] Lloyd Harris (RSA)

[15] Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

[12] Fabio Fognini (ITA)

Jaume Munar (ESP)

Nicolas Jarry (CHI)

Leonardo Mayer (ARG)

Ilya Ivashka (BLR)

Malek Jaziri (TUN)

[Q] Luca Vanni (ITA)

[23] Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

[32] Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

[WC] Zhe Li (CHN)

Guido Pella (ARG)

Joao Sousa (POR)

Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

[Q] Kamil Majchrzak (POL)

[8] Kei Nishikori (JPN)

[4] Alexander Zverev (GER)

Aljaz Bedene (SLO)

Jeremy Chardy (FRA)

Ugo Humbert (FRA)

[WC] Alex Bolt (AUS)

[WC] Jack Sock (USA)

[Q] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA)

[29] Gilles Simon (FRA)

[24] Hyeon Chung (KOR)

Bradley Klahn (USA)

Sam Querrey (USA)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)

Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

[16] Milos Raonic (CAN)

[11] Borna Coric (CRO)

Steve Darcis (BEL)

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Laslo Djere (SRB)

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS)

Filip Krajinovic (SRB)

[17] Marco Cecchinato (ITA)

[28] Lucas Pouille (FRA)

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Maximilian Marterer (GER)

[Q] Gleb Sakharov (FRA)

[WC] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)

Mischa Zverev (GER)

Benoit Paire (FRA)

[7] Dominic Thiem (AUT)

[6] Marin Cilic (CRO)

Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Andrey Rublev (RUS)

Mackenzie McDonald (USA)

Michael Mmoh (USA)

Radu Albot (MDA)

[Q] Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)

[26] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

[22] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)

Andy Murray (GBR)

Federico Delbonis (ARG)

John Millman (AUS)

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

[10] Karen Khachanov (RUS)

[14] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

[Q] Viktor Troicki (SRB)

Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP)

[Q] Stefano Travaglia (ITA)

Guido Andreozzi (ARG)

[Q] Christopher Eubanks (USA)

[19] Nikoloz Basilashvili] (GEO)

[30] Gael Monfils (FRA)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Cameron Norrie (GBR)

Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)

[Q] Tatsuma Ito (JPN)

[Q] Daniel Evans (GBR)

Denis Istomin (UZB)

[3] Roger Federer (SUI)

[5] Kevin Anderson (RSA)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

Frances Tiafoe (USA)

[Q] Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND)

Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Jordan Thompson (AUS)

Andreas Seppi (ITA)

[31] Steve Johnson (USA)

[20] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)

Pablo Cuevas (URU)

Dusan Lajovic (SRB)

[WC] Jason Murray Kubler  (AUS)

Thomas Fabbiano (ITA)

Reilly Opelka (USA)

[9] John Isner (USA)

[13] Kyle Edmund (GBR)

Tomas Berdych (CZE)

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

Robin Haase (NED)

[WC] Marc Polmans (AUS)

Denis Kudla (USA)

[Q] Rudolf Molleker (GER)

[18] Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

[27] Alex De Minaur (AUS)

Pedro Sousa (POR)

Mirza Basic (BIH)

[Q] Henri Laaksonen (SUI)

Matthew Ebden (AUS)

Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)

[WC] James Duckworth (AUS)

[2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)

2019 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - A new outfit. A new beginning. Berdych arrived in Melbourne as a 'rebel'. Practice Session *3 combo-images*

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 2:50 PM

Tomas Berdych, Practice Session, Court 16, 8 January 2019

INTERVIEW - Berdych: "Australian Open is one of my favorite Slams, I always did well"

Posted on January 8, 2019 at 10:05 AM

Berdych: Australian Open is one of my favorite Slams, I always did well

JANUARY 8, 2019

by LUIGI GATTO  |  Tennis World USA

This year's Australian Open will definitely be a very important tournament for Tomas Berdych as the Czech needs to defend the 360 points he earned last year. Berdych lost to Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Berdych started his season on a high note, by reaching the final of the Qatar Open in Doha (lost to Roberto Bautista Agut). In press conference, the former world no. 4 said: 'It's definitely a great start for me. As I said, six months has been a long time and winning four matches in a row, that's great for the confidence, that's exactly what I've needed.

I'm not sure if I was like seeing this coming, but it's a nice bonus and I definitely appreciate it. But still I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season, so there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that.

So really keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match. And Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.' Analyzing his loss to Bautista Agut, Berdych added: 'The game plan was being aggressive, playing my tennis, which has been very good and very solid throughout the whole week and I was just besides the one game, I was sticking well with the plan and overall I'm happy.

I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title, but I'm happy with the week. It was a good week overall and that's it, let's move on. Coming after six months of not playing this really - my expectations were completely on a different level.

But, you know, tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went. And, yeah, let's move on to Australia.'

Tomas Berdych begins 2019 at No. 71 in the ATP Rankings. After Doha Final he is up 14 places to No. 57

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 8:05 PM

Tomas Berdych finishes runner-up at the 2019 Qatar ExxonMobil Open, his first event in more than six months

     ATP RANKING as of Monday, January 7, 2019

1. Djokovic Novak 9135 p.
2. Nadal Rafael 7480 p.
3. Federer Roger 6420 p.
4. Zverev Alexander 6385 p.
5. Del Potro Juan-Martin 5300 p.
6. Anderson Kevin 4810 p.
7. Cilic Marin 4160 p.
8. Thiem Dominic 4095 p.
9. Nishikori Kei 3750 p.
10. Isner John 3155 p.
11. Khachanov Karen 2835 p.
12. Coric Borna 2435 p.
13. Fognini Fabio 2315 p.
14. Edmund Kyle 2150 p.
15. Tsitsipas Stefanos 2095 p.
16. Medvedev Daniil 2037 p.
17. Raonic Milos 1900 p.
18. Cecchinato Marco 1889 p.
19. Schwartzman Diego Sebastian 1880 p.
20. Basilashvili Nikoloz 1820 p.
21. Dimitrov Grigor 1790 p.
22. Goffin David 1785 p.
23. Bautista-Agut Roberto 1765 p.
24. Carreno-Busta Pablo 1705 p.
25. Chung Hyeon 1585 p.
26. Gasquet Richard 1535 p.
27. Shapovalov Denis 1440 p.
28. Verdasco Fernando 1410 p.
29. De Minaur Alex 1253 p.
30. Pouille Lucas 1245 p.
31. Simon Gilles 1210 p.
32. Monfils Gael 1195 p.
33. Johnson Steve 1190 p.
34. Kohlschreiber Philipp 1125 p.
35. Fucsovics Marton 1122 p.
36. Chardy Jeremy 1120 p.
37. Seppi Andreas 1100 p.
38. Millman John 1083 p.
39. Tiafoe Francis 1080 p.
40. Klizan Martin 1050 p.
41. Mannarino Adrian 1045 p.
42. Jaziri Malek 1042 p.
43. Jarry Nicolas 1022 p.
44. Sousa Joao 1017 p.
45. Lajovic Dusan 1010 p.
46. Dzumhur Damir 985 p.
47. Ebden Matthew 981 p.
48. Querrey Sam 955 p.
49. Haase Robin 940 p.
50. Fritz Taylor Harry 933 p.
51. Kyrgios Nick 920 p.
52. Berrettini Matteo 916 p.
53. Herbert Pierre-Hugues 903 p.
54. Mayer Leonardo 895 p.
55. Paire Benoit 890 p.
56. Kukushkin Mikhail 890 p.
57. Berdych Tomas 865 p.
58. Struff Jan-Lennard 855 p.
59. Wawrinka Stan 830 p.
60. Gojowczyk Peter 830 p.
61. Copil Marius 823 p.
62. Kudla Denis 818 p.
63. Sandgren Tennys 814 p.
64. Lopez Feliciano 795 p.
65. Ramos-Vinolas Albert 790 p.
66. Pella Guido 790 p.
67. Bedene Aljaz 760 p.
68. Zverev Mischa 746 p.
69. Karlovic Ivo 739 p.
70. Marterer Maximilian 732 p.
71. Pospisil Vasek 716 p.
72. Thompson Jordan 715 p.
73. Carballes Baena Roberto 714 p.
74. Munar Clar Jaume Antoni 702 p.
75. Nishioka Yoshihito 701 p.
76. Klahn Bradley 699 p.
77. Delbonis Federico 696 p.
78. Daniel Taro 691 p.
79. McDonald Mackenzie 688 p.
80. Andreozzi Guido 682 p.
81. Harrison Ryan 660 p.
82. Andujar Pablo 658 p.
83. Gulbis Ernests 657 p.
84. Rublev Andrey 655 p.
85. Tomic Bernard 655 p.
86. Garin Christian 650 p.
87. Vesely Jiri 649 p.
88. Hurkacz Hubert 635 p.
89. Kovalik Jozef 632 p.
90. Cuevas Pablo 630 p.
91. Djere Laslo 621 p.
92. Krajinovic Filip 620 p.
93. Norrie Cameron 616 p.
94. Ivashka Ilya 610 p.
95. Donskoy Evgeny 599 p.
96. Albot Radu 592 p.
97. Basic Mirza 585 p.
98. Humbert Ugo 584 p.
99. Istomin Denis 577 p.
100. Fabbiano Thomas 573 p.

TOP STORY - Don't Sleep On Tomas Berdych In Melbourne *combo-image Tomas and Ester at the airport*

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 5:55 PM

Don’t Sleep On Tomas Berdych In Melbourne

By Jim Smith


January 7, 2019

Last year (2018), started very positively for the big-hitting Tomas Berdych. As ever, he was striking the ball cleanly, but for the first time in some years he seemed to have combined his power with a genuine belief in his ability to win matches. At the Australian Open, he advanced impressively through the first week, highlighted by his straight-sets demolition of Juan Martin del Potro for the loss of just eight games. Fabio Fognini, his fourth-round opponent, was also able to offer little resistance, capitulating 1-6, 4-6, 4-6.

That win set up a mouth-watering clash with defending champion and then world #2 Roger Federer for a spot in the semifinals. Berdych’s record against the great Swiss was not hugely encouraging, standing at 19-6 in Federer’s favor going into the match with Berdych’s most recent victory coming in 2013 in Dubai. But he had twice upset Federer in Grand Slam quarterfinals, at Wimbledon in 2010 en route to the final and in 2012 at the US Open.

And for much of the first set in Melbourne, he looked primed to add another. Using his big forehand to good effect, he was able to drive Federer back whilst also showing a commendable willingness to come to the net. His backhand was doing damage and even his eternally vulnerable second serve was holding up well. He broke first, late in the set, and had the chance to serve for it. Then, as it so often has for Berdych, it all unraveled.

Errors began to creep in. His brave second faults became double faults. What had been big forehand winners were instead wild misses and his knifed volleys dumped into the net instead of arrowing beyond Federer’s reach. One moment he had Federer on the ropes, the next the Swiss had put him in the dust. The match finished 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 and Federer went on to lift a record 20th Grand Slam title. For Berdych, the moment he broke serve in the first set to lead 5-3 proved to be the high watermark of his 2018 campaign.

Thereafter, injuries set in and early exits abounded. Indeed, he failed to win more than two matches in a row for the rest of his season, with his final match of the year a three-set defeat to Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the first round at Queen’s Club before back issues kept him away from competition at Wimbledon and through the North American summer swing and the Autumn hard court events in Asia and Europe.

As a result, he finished 2018 ranked 71st in the world, which marked the first time since 2003 that he had ended a season outside the top 50. A perhaps understandable decline for a player whose best years appear to be behind him, who hasn’t won a tour-level title since October 2016 in Shenzhen, and who hasn’t ranked inside the top 10 since early 2017. Certainly not a player likely to do damage at the first major of 2019 in a draw stocked with luminaries of the game and hungry young stars looking for their breakthrough.

Or is he? Berdych, arguably more than any other of his peers, is the forerunner of the athletically gifted, powerful big men that have been making their way towards the top of the game over the past seasons. The similarities between the Czech and players such as world #4 Alexander Zverev and Paris Masters champion Karen Khachanov are more than passing. Like them, his big frame belies impressive court coverage. Like them, he can do damage both with his forehand and backhand. Like them, his technique is rock solid.

Berdych had all the tools needed to compete with the very best and win big titles. Except one: the mental strength required to trust in his game and keep swinging even under the most severe pressure. Whilst Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have always been mental fortresses, impervious to virtually all assault, throughout his career Berdych has cracked. Indeed, it is hard to think of any player on either tour who has more mental scars than Berdych.

But now, at long last, the pressure is surely off. Berdych’s time on tour is almost certainly drawing to a close and he has been replaced as one of the game’s perennial challengers. For the first time in over a decade, Berdych’s name is on almost no one’s lips ahead of the Australian Open. And that may well count in his favor. In Qatar in the first week of the season, Berdych looked looser and freer than he has in some time and played some excellent tennis as a result, reaching the final where he lost narrowly to Djokovic’s conqueror Roberto Bautista Agut.

For Berdych, no longer even in the last chance saloon, the time to remind the sport why he was so long one of its leading lights may be nigh. That does not mean that Berdych is finally going to win his first major title in Melbourne. This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields down under in recent memory, a welcome change from last year, which saw Federer steamroller through a weak draw to the title. But in and amongst those dangerous competitors will be Tomas Berdych, and expect him to give as good as he gets. Or, for once, maybe even better.

TOP STORY - Berdych Remains Hungry After 2019 Doha Comeback

Posted on January 7, 2019 at 4:05 PM

Berdych Remains Hungry After Doha Comeback

ATP World Tour | Monday, January 7, 2019

Czech had missed six months due to injury

Tomas Berdych’s run to the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open was impressive in itself, as the 33-year-old beat two seeded players in Fernando Verdasco and Marco Cecchinato. But the former World No. 4’s efforts in Doha stand out even more because it was his first tournament since the Fever-Tree Championships last June, as he missed time due to injury.

“I think it was a great week overall. Coming after six months of not playing, my expectations were completely on a different level,” Berdych said. “But tennis is a beautiful sport and all the experience that I had from the past and all the hard work that I did throughout my pre-season just pays off and I'm really happy with the way the week went."

With that being said, the Czech star knows that this is only the beginning of his comeback. Berdych might have come within a set of capturing his first title since Shenzhen in 2016, but there are plenty of tournaments and opportunities ahead.

“I have to stay very humble, very patient because it's been just the first week of the season,” Berdych said. “So there's no need for any huge expectations and stuff like that.”

Nevertheless, it was important for Berdych to get plenty of matchplay in ahead of the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open. And the Czech did just that by playing five matches. Berdych has historically fared well in Melbourne, reaching at least the quarter-finals in seven of the past eight years. So Berdych is staying especially focused, even if the major will be just his second tournament back.

“[I just have to keep on going, doing it week-by-week, match-by-match,” Berdych said. “Australia is one of my favorite Slams. I always did well. So I'm looking forward to the place and I will try to carry on on this momentum and play a great tournament there.”

It was a strong opening week for Berdych in Doha. But he will not take anything for granted. After all, he does not want to finish any tournament runner-up.

“I'm not satisfied because satisfied would be after winning a title.”

2019 DOHA, Qatar - Final Tomas Berdych lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut *43 combo-images* *Chair Umpire Mohamed Lahyani* *Ester Berdych Satorova* *Nasser Al-Khela´fi*

Posted on January 5, 2019 at 8:35 PM

(top) Chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani
(bottom) Tomas Berdych's physiotherapist Sergio Ferraz - Ester Berdych Satorova

(top right) Nasser Al-Khelaïfi applauds runner-up Tomas Berdych

As a tennis professional, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was the second most successful member of the Qatar Davis Cup team after Sultan Khalfan, playing 43 ties between 1992 and 2002 and compiling a 12–31 record in singles, 12–16 in doubles. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi has been president of the Qatar Tennis Federation since November 2008. In 2011, he was elected vice-president of the Asian Tennis Federation for West Asia. Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is a former Davis Cup player and member of the Qatar National Tennis Team with which he won the GCC Team Tournament.


Winner, Roberto Bautista of Spain and runner up, Tomas Berdych pose with their trophies following the singles final during day sixth of the ATP Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Bautista-Agut won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.