|Posted on January 26, 2011 at 6:16 PM|
Berdych sees positives
Tomas Berdych was happy with his performance despite losing 6-1 7-6 6-1 to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open Quarterfinals
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Source: BigPond Sport
Defeated quarter-finalist Tomas Berdych was satisfied with his performance at the Australian Open despite bowing out of the tournament on Tuesday.
The sixth seed looked a real chance to win his first Grand Slam title after cruising through his first four matches, with impressive victories over 28th seed Richard Gasquet and ninth seed Fernando Verdasco the highlights.
But he ran into a red-hot Novak Djokovic in the quarters and simply had no answer as the third seed posted a comfortable 6-1 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 victory.
Rather than focusing on the disappointment of missing out on a semi-final appearance, Berdych drew solace from the fact that he achieved his pre-tournament goal of reaching at least the final eight.
'It's pretty solid start to the year, finishing quarter-finals here in Melbourne. That's what I was looking for before the tournament, at least to get quarter-finals,' he said.
'Then you play third player in the world. It could go anyway and it's not that you can beat him every day. I don't know. I was trying to do my best, and, you know, he was better. So that's just how it is. It was a solid and pretty good two weeks.'
While he could draw on the positives of his tournament as a whole, Berdych was left disappointed with his performance against Djokovic and, in particular, the second set where he failed to capitalise on his early break of serve.
'Yeah, pretty much I can be disappointed with the second set. I took over a little bit and was playing well, aggressive enough, and somehow he starts to make at least a couple of mistakes that give me a chance to have a break,' he said.
Berdych was already drawing his attention to the Czech Republic's opening Davis Cup tie against Kazakhstan in the first week of March.
The Czechs have become a powerhouse in recent years and Berdych is looking forward to playing in front of his home crowd.
'Finally we play at home, so I'm happy for that. You know, we can get back to home crowd and home place. The other thing that, as you just mentioned, we're playing Kazakhstan first round,' he said.
'That's where we need to start. That's it. None of us are thinking about any other standings of the draw or any other opponents. First of all, we need to beat Kazakhstan, and maybe we can go far away.'
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Tomas in quarter-final action against Novak Djokovic