Tomas Berdych in Vienna ahead of the tournament start on Sunday, October 23, 2016
Tomas Berdych shares his expectations for one of the season's final tournaments
Tomas Berdych, the second seed, wants to finish his season strong. He repeated as champion at the Shenzhen Open earlier this month but fell in his opening matches in Tokyo and Shanghai.
“I'm feeling good. The second half of the year has been a little bit tough, but overall I think I'm ready. I had a good few days of preparation and rest,” Berdych said. “A few interesting things are happening, so I'm really looking forward to the last few weeks of the season.”
The 31 year old is currently in ninth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, 325 points behind eighth-placed Thiem. This week's titlist will receive 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points, and next week's BNP Paribas Masters champion will earn 1,000 points.
“These two weeks are going to be very important. It's going to be decided by playing good tennis. That's what will get me through and get me in into the [Barclays ATP] World Tour Finals,” Berdych said. “I'm really just trying to go one by one. I'm here in Vienna. I just want to play some good tennis, starting well in the first match and build it up. Then whatever happens, happens.”