Tomas Berdych a.k.a. The Birdman - A Fan Site since 2004
BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS
November 17, 2015
London, England, United Kingdom
MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Assess the match and then
assess your play here so far in the tournament. TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, today, I mean, there is not much to talk about. I think
it's been all about one point in the third set when I had the
breakpoint up. I had him on the good run. The rally starts pretty well
for me, but I was not able to break him. Then I lost my serve.
Basically, that was it. That was the difference today.
mean, it's not a great one, not to have a win, but that's how it is.
In the second set you had
a moment where you were dictating the game. In the third set you got
maybe a little bit nervous or Kei came back to play strongly? TOMAS
BERDYCH: No, I just said it now. Everything was fine. I was playing
very good second set. I was playing well in the third. I was the one
having a first chance having a breakpoint in the third set. Had a good
rally, had a good position to finish the ball, but I just didn't make
it. Then he took the chance. He break me next game. That was it.
Obviously a different
format. How do you pick yourself up from here? What do you think your
chances are? Talk about your next match. TOMAS
BERDYCH: Next match is against Novak. Another one to play with him,
challenge him, just try to have a good one for the last match of the
season. That's it.
going to try to go there, try to play some good tennis, and that's it.
You have been through some
changes with Dani as your new coach. How do you rate your season and
how do you feel now with all the changes you had at the beginning of
the year? TOMAS
BERDYCH: I think the season has been pretty good. It's been very well
through the whole year. Also in the terms, as you said, it's a new team
and new things.
look at the season, there is basically no time to do anything, to work
on some specific things. I mean, we're playing from the first week of
January till now.
need to have some time to rest and time to get prepared between the
tournaments. So really the time for the real changes, it's going to
would say quite as many that we work on were already in place and were
working quite well during the year, so I'm happy for that.
I'm just looking forward for the next year, just keep going.
The fifth time you played
Kei, fourth time you lost. What is it about his game? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Yeah, I mean, it's difficult. Well, difficult. The last time
we played was 2012. Now it's been a very, very close match. I would
just repeat the same thing I said already two times:
It was a
very close one, decided by really one or few points. That's it. I mean,
he's a good player. He's a player from the top eight. That's it. Not
much to say. I mean, he's playing good tennis. It was just a close game
Finishing in the top 10
again, you've been a Grand Slam finalist, you're 30 now. Where do you
feel like your game is? At this stage in your career, what do you think
you can do to push ahead a little bit further? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, keep doing the things that I'm working on, being patient
on that. Just, you know, try to stay healthy. That means really taking
care of myself, of the body. If you are not fit and healthy, then you
can't really work hard and try to improve.
the thing. On one hand you're getting more and more experience. The
other one, probably you have to choose the schedule more carefully.
There are new things coming up.
anyway, I still feel that I have like at least two, three years of good
tennis ahead of me. I'm just looking forward to it.
Everybody talks about this
surface being a slow surface. Do you think you're still struggling with
this surface or it suits your play style? TOMAS
BERDYCH: Well, honestly, I never been a big fan of these courts
particularly. But that's how it is. I just need to adjust for that. I
just need to prepare as best as I can and try to play some good tennis.
know, it's the same for everybody. It just depends how the other guys
are able to adapt, you know, adjust their game on the court. That's
kind of a big challenge for me, too.