|Posted on July 10, 2019 at 8:05 AM|
Could this be the last Wimbledon for Tomas Berdych?
by Jovica Ilic | Tennis World USA
Former world no. 4 and the winner of 13 ATP titles, Tomas Berdych has been one of the most consistent players on the Tour in the last 15 years. Competing in almost 1000 ATP matches and gathering nearly 150 Grand Slam and 200 Masters 1000 triumphs, the Czech had spent 15 years in the top-100 and 12 in the top-50 before starting to slow down due to injuries.
After 2015, the Czech has played in only three ATP finals, lifting the last trophy in Shenzhen 2016 and losing his well-known consistency, unable to overpower at least the lower-ranked rivals. Last year, Berdych played only 22 matches, missing the entire season after Queen's due to back injury and leaving the top-50 for the first time since October 2005.
Eager to make a comeback, Tomas played on a very high level in Doha at the beginning of the new season, losing the final to Roberto Bautista Agut and advancing to the fourth round at the Australian Open where he had a set point in the third set against Rafael Nadal.
The semi-final run in Montpellier added more points to his tally but more problems were waiting for the Czech just around the corner, losing early in Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells before skipping all the tournaments ahead of Wimbledon, losing the ground and ranking position once again.
Heading to All England Club for the 15th time in the last 16 years, Tomas wanted to test his back and current shape and the news are not that good for a former finalist, losing to Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Struggling to impose his shots and defend the second serve more effectively, Tomas gave serve away four times and scored just one break against the opponent who controlled the pace in the rallies with almost 50 winners, including 19 aces.
After the match, Berdych admitted he has been dealing with constant back issues and this could have been his last Wimbledon, thinking about the next career moves in the next couple of weeks. Former world no. 4 from just four years ago has won more than 50 encounters against the top-10 rivals, entering more than 30 ATP finals and battling for the biggest titles at Grand Slam and Masters 1000 level.