|Posted on November 19, 2010 at 7:33 PM|
by Kate Flory | 19.11.2010
Debutant Tomas Berdych earned his place in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals field largely thanks to beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic en route to reaching his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon.
However, since his feat at SW19 in July, when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal in the championship match, the Czech has won just eight of 18 tour-level matches and suffered four first-round exits, leaving media wondering just what sort of impact he might be expected to make at The O2 next week.
Speaking at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall on Friday, though, the 25-year-old Berdych allayed such worries as he declared the season finale to be the perfect place for him to rediscover his best form.
“I think it’s going to be a really different situation for me here because the time after Wimbledon was huge expectation for me,” explained Berdych. “It was a new experience but now I know how to deal with that.
“Right now I’m in a different position because I was the sixth one [to qualify] and almost everyone I’m going to play will be the favourite. So I just need to try my best and I like better this situation where I don’t have to show that I have to win all those matches. I’m looking forward to all of them.”
The Czech player is also relishing the chance to play once more in the city where he achieved his best result on a tennis court. “Every time I see anything from London, from Wimbledon, it just comes back to my mind. It’s really nice to have this kind of feeling that I can get back to the city where I reached, so far, my best result. It’s really nice to be back here, I like the city, I’m enjoying the place; it’s nice.”