|Posted on December 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM|
Tomas Berdych has landed in the UAE and will take to the court tomorrow at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship
Berdych motivated by Murray’s Grand Slam win
• By M. Satya Narayan, Abu Dhabi Deputy Editor
• Published December 26, 2012
Abu Dhabi: After helping the Czech Republic win the Davis Cup and finishing in the top ten of the world rankings for the second successive year, Tomas Berdych feels 2013 could be his year to win a Grand Slam.
Berdych, who is here for the Mubadala World Tennis Championship starting on Thursday, said a major win was top of his list and Andy Murray’s victory in the US Open in September will be a motivating factor.
“It is nice to see that Andy was able to actually break that winning streak [in Grand Slams] of just those three guys [Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic],” said the 27-year-old.
“It is just positive and giving me extra motivation that it is possible to do that. I am looking forward to that. Andy did it last year and he is going to be strong again this year. But not only him, there is going to be strong competition again but I am looking forward. I hope this is going to be the season for me.”
Commenting on his country’s Davis Cup triumph, Berdych said: “The Davis Cup win means a lot. In tennis you can have many goals — the No 1 spot, a Grand Slam win — same way you can win the Davis Cup.
“I achieved that with the Czech team and the Czech Republic appreciated it. It is something more to the people that you play for the country and not only for yourself. It was a really huge moment in my career.”
Berdych said he was looking forward to the Abu Dhabi event as serious preparation for the year ahead. “After the Davis Cup win we celebrated that night because next day I was leaving for my holiday, which was after a long season. It was really something I was looking for and it was great,” he said.
“I came back and then I started my off-season preparation with some fitness, running and then I started to practice back again. So basically I came home on December 5 and until now I was practicing and yesterday I came here,” he said.
“I am looking forward to playing here as I have not played outdoor matches for quite some time and I think it is one of the best starts I can ever have.”
One of Berdych’s rivals this week will be Janko Tipsarevic, who is returning to the UAE capital for the first time since his honeymoon two years ago.