|Posted on February 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych: It's "unusual" being ranked this low
Tomas Berdych spoke to Sport360 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships draw ceremony and says it feels "unusual" being ranked No14 in the world.
by Reem Abulleil (SPORT 360) | 25th February 2017
Two-time Dubai runner-up Tomas Berdych admits it is “unusual” to see the number 14 typed next to his name in the world rankings but he’s not reading too much into it as he prepares for his 11th campaign at the Aviation Club.
Berdych, who is at his lowest ranking since May 2010, lost two finals in Dubai: in 2013 to Novak Djokovic and in 2014 to Roger Federer.
“It’s one of the conditions that I like, fast courts, it’s usually sunny and bright, so the ball is also flying quite a lot, so these are conditions that I like and I think they’re going to be here again, it’s just a few unusual days (of rain), so it’s going to be all good,” Berdych told Sport360 on Saturday.
The luck of the draw pit Berdych against Federer as early as the third round at the Australian Open last month and the Czech admits getting knocked out early at a tournament where he had reached the quarter-finals or better on his previous six visits was not ideal.
“The early loss in Australia, unfortunately playing Roger that early, it’s a bit of missing a good portion of some points from the slam. But that’s how it is. The season is long, I just need to keep going, just working on my game and it’s going to be all fine,” said the 31-year-old.
Is it weird having 14 typed next to his name after spending all those years inside the top-10?
“Yes absolutely it is, but it’s just how the system is. I missed the US Open and then I didn’t really play the level that I would like to. So let’s count everything the whole year, and see how it is. The guys around are doing pretty well. Yes, it’s unusual, but I just need to keep working hard again,” replied Berdych, who was hampered by appendicitis end of last season.