|Posted on June 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM|
Berdych Parts Ways With Ivanisevic
After reaching the Roland Garros quarter-finals last year, Tomas Berdych fell in the second round this year
Monday, June 5, 2017 | ATP Staff
Czech makes change following disappointing Roland Garros run
Tomas Berdych and 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic have split after 10 months together.
Berdych announced the change on his social media on Monday. The World No. 14 lost last week in the second round at Roland Garros to #NextGenATP player Karen Khachanov. It was Berdych's earliest exit from the clay-court Grand Slam since 2013, when he lost in the first round to Frenchman Gael Monfils.
“Goran and I will not be working together anymore. I enjoyed the ride and we will remain great friends. Wish him all the best in the future and I am committed to go after my goals with current team,” wrote Berdych, who also works with Luka Kutanjac.
Berdych and Ivanisevic joined forces last August to great excitement from the Czech, who said he had found “the guy” to help him reach his goals, including winning big titles.
The two have had success. Berdych captured his 13th tour-level title last October, beating Richard Gasquet to win the Shenzhen Open. The 31 year old celebrated his 600th tour-level match win last month in Rome. He also reached the Lyon final last month, his first clay-court title match since the 2015 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters.
But the 6'5” Berdych was unable to break through on the biggest stages. This is the second time in the past 13 months that Berdych has split with a coach. He parted ways with former coach Dani Vallverdu, who now works with Grigor Dimitrov, in May 2016 before later hiring Ivanisevic.