|Posted on January 3, 2019 at 10:25 PM|
Berdych: 'Defeating Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon was huge'
January 3, 2019
by LUIGI GATTO | Tennis World USA
In a conference call in Doha Tomas Berdych recalled his amazing 2010 Wimbledon run where he defeated Roger Federer in the quarter-finals and Novak Djokovic in the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in a straight-set final.
Berdych said: 'There is plenty of good and great memories and even though it's now eight years since then, they still stay in my head because it's been so far my only Grand Slam final and, as you mentioned, beating Roger in that place and then Novak in the semifinal.
It was two huge matches for me. And then the experience of playing a Wimbledon final. That's really one of the dreams that you have when you start to play tennis. Unfortunately, I lost. But that day Rafa was just too good, so I have to give him all the credit.
I don't think I've done anything bad or anything that I would change, you know. Definitely, I would try to change to win, but realistically it was very difficult. But those memories from those two weeks are really strong for me.' Asked how many hours he trains a day, Berdych replied: 'When I was younger, I think it was a little bit more than now.
So, it was, I would say, like about four to five hours of tennis, plus some fitness. And now it's a little bit less because yes, I need to take care of my body a little bit more than I used to. And so I have to split my day a little bit more between the tennis practice, fitness practice and then also recovery.
So, now the tennis is around two, two-and-a-half hours, plus some fitness, so something around that.