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2015 LONDON Finals - Roger Federer outclasses Tomas Berdych in his ATP Tour Finals opener on Sunday, November 15, 2015 *OoP* *Score and Stats* *INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT*

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych shake hands at the net after the match

Tomas Berdych will open his campaign against Roger Federer on Sunday night. The Swiss leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 14-6 and comfortably won their two matches in 2015 in the Rome and Indian Wells quarter-finals. Berdych last beat the 34 year old in Dubai in 2013.

For either Berdych or Nishikori to favour their chances of progressing to the semi-finals, they will likely have to bank on at least claiming the honours when they square off in the group stage. Nishikori has won three of their four matches, although the pair hasn’t met since Tokyo in 2012.


Order of Play - Sunday, November 15, 2015

Federer Finds His Range

ATP NEWS | 15 November 2015

As one of the first players to touch down in London for his 14th straight Barclays ATP World Tour Finals appearance, Roger Federer gave himself the optimum chance to prepare for his opening showdown with Tomas Berdych on Sunday. But as even the 34-year-old Swiss great found, there is no substitute for match conditions. Despite the 6-4, 6-2 scoreline in his favour, it was far from a routine victory.

“Was one of the worst starts I've had in years. No first serves, two double-faults, nothing coming from the baseline. So it was rough,” Federer said. “But thankfully I was able to pick it up … It’s hard to blast through an opponent here in London, which I think helps for me now against Berdych in this case because I can make the match athletic.

“I was a bit sluggish coming in. I don't want to say too overconfident, but I thought it was going to be easier than that. It was a good lesson for me to learn.”

Following a record seventh title on home soil in Basel, the World No. 3 fell in the second round at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. It afforded him some unexpected family time. “That was really nice to spend some quality time with my kids, my wife, walking around, just relaxing before I went to Helsinki, which was different than previous years, which I haven’t done,” he said.

“Because of the three days off I had after Paris, I think I’m really fresh. Even though I’m looking forward to my vacation, I can tell you that, I feel very happy to be here and very happy about my state of mind and body as well.”

In arguably his toughest group-stage match on paper, the only player to defeat him in finals this year, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, is his next opponent. While the gap in Emirates ATP Rankings points is substantial, Federer does not see as great a disparity in the pair’s level of play. He hinted this was not the Djokovic showdown he had his heart set on. A second crack at the three-time defending champion in the final would be the ultimate way to close out his season.

“Two days is not the match that I care the most about, to be quite honest. It's an important match, very important. But it's not the match,” Federer said. “This doesn't feel now so crazy early because we've had the week of preparation, we've both had a match now. I think we both feel like we're in the tournament.

“But nevertheless, it is only sort of a second round. Maybe still some open questions in both our games, or in mine, getting rid of what happened in the beginning of the match (today). It's going to be important not to have that against Novak clearly in a couple of days.”


Tomas Berdych in action in his men's singles match against Roger Federer during day one of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena on November 15, 2015 in London, England. Federer won 6-4, 6-2.

Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Roger Federer


November 15, 2015

London, England, United Kingdom

R. FEDERER/T. Berdych

6-4, 6-2

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You fell down in the first set. Did it hurt you or do you feel okay?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it hurts me when I fall down, but it doesn't hurt now, which is good. In that sense, it's all good, it's all fine.

It's just a small thing. Last couple of weeks, I'm quite used to falling down on the court. Thankly [sic] it's always with a good end, so it's all good, all fine.

Q. You will play Nishikori the day after tomorrow. It's been three years since you played him. Do you feel it's pretty weird that you haven't played him for that long of time? What kind of match do you expect?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, yeah, I think this is the tennis today. I mean, you're going to get some players that you almost play week by week, you play them really very often in one or two years. Then there is a player that, you know, you didn't face for a long time. I think that's the case of playing with Kei.

But, you know, I quite practice a lot with him. It's not going to be really unknown to play him after long time.

What I can expect from that? Definitely it's going to be different match than today. I mean, it's a completely different player with a different style of the game. I'm just going to need to get myself ready, prepared, try to brush this match off from my head and get ready for the next one, which is with Kei. Just be ready, be strong.

Q. Knowing that you play in the same group as Novak Djokovic turned this game to be a key game in the sense that it forced you probably to beat Novak if you want to qualify to the next round.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, that's a pretty much straightforward scenario if this is the case. But, you know, as I said, the tournament is quite long. It's consisting of at least three matches in the group. I lost one, and now I just need to refocus and get better for my next match, then just keep doing the same thing back and forth.

Now I'm definitely not thinking about match with Novak. I'm just trying to get ready for the next opponent, then just going to try to get ready and prepare for the next match again.

Q. Can we have a last word for you about the Fed Cup.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yes, really incredible achievement. Just been able to see on the live score because it's been through the day. I had my stuff to do.

But, yeah, at least this way I just want to congratulate the whole team. I think it's amazing achievement they've done to win four times in five years. It's really big one.

I know how it feels. It's really great feeling to win, especially at home, have a title. So well done for that. It just show how well is the women's Czech tennis right now.

FastScripts Transcript by ASAP Sports

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