|Posted on February 18, 2016 at 8:10 AM|
Reporter LA PROVENCE: Do you know Marseille?
TOMAS BERDYCH: I do not really know Marseille. If I could find the time, I would take advice on what is worth visiting, that's for sure. But it's like that in every city where I play and it's better this way: if I have the time to visit it means that I have been eliminated, if I don't visit it means that I'm playing well. I hope this will be the case in Marseille! Of course, I come here for so long I think it would be nice to do something other than tennis. I would like to know Marseille!
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