|Posted on July 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM|
Hard-Worker Berdych Aims For Top 5 Future
by James Buddell | 04.07.2010
Tomas Berdych, the third Czech man to reach a final at The Championships, believes he has the game to break into the Top 5 of the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
“That's what I'm trying to do,” said Berdych. “Right now I'm still climbing higher and higher. [I’ve] grown up a little bit, got older and got more experience [over the past year].”
Berdych, who had been bidding to become only the third man (also Mats Wilander at 1982 Roland Garros and Michael Stich at 1991 Wimbledon) in the Open Era to beat three of the top four seeds on their way to a major title, was beaten by World No. 1 Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final on Sunday.
“Of course I'm disappointed," he said. "[This] was my first final. I hope I can work [on the] experience like I did [in] reaching [the Roland Garros] semi-finals in Paris. I think the only way how I can improve and be better is to play more of these matches. I think my biggest weapon [is] that I can play on all of those surfaces.”
The 24-year-old Berdych was competing at the All England Club for the seventh time (20-7 record). He hit 111 aces during the tournament, which was two aces fewer than leader John Isner, who hit 113 in his record-breaking 70-68 fifth-set win over Nicolas Mahut in the first round.
On Monday he will rise to a new career-high No. 8 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings. Berdych will also be attempting to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London in November.