Tomáš Berdych

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Tomáš Berdych
Tomas Berdych 2013.jpg
Berdych in 2013
Country (sports)  Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1985-09-17) September 17, 1985 (age 29)
Valašské Meziříčí, Czechoslovakia
(now Czech Republic)
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2002
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) David Vydra (?–2014)
Tomas Krupa (2009–2014)
Daniel Vallverdu (2014–present)
Azuz Simcich (2014–present)
Prize money $20,152,143
Singles
Career record 522–270 (65.69%)
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 4 (May 18, 2015)
Current ranking No. 6 (June 8, 2015)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open SF (2014, 2015)
French Open SF (2010)
Wimbledon F (2010)
US Open SF (2012)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals SF (2011)
Olympic Games QF (2004)
Doubles
Career record 93-99 (48.43%)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 54 (April 10, 2006)
Current ranking No. 128 (June 9, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open QF (2005)
French Open 2R (2005)
Wimbledon 2R (2005)
US Open 2R (2004)
Team competitions
Davis Cup W (2012, 2013)
Hopman Cup W (2012)
Last updated on: June 9, 2014.

Tomáš Berdych (Czech pronunciation: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈbɛrdɪx]; born September 17, 1985) is a Czech professional tennis player. His most notable achievement was reaching the final of the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, causing consecutive upsets by defeating top seed and six-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, and World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. In the final, he lost to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. Berdych's biggest career win to date was the Paris Masters in 2005 as an unseeded player, defeating Ivan Ljubicic in the final.

Berdych has reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slams. Alongside his Wimbledon performance in the same year, he reached the semifinals of the 2010 French Open, defeating fourth seed Andy Murray in straight sets in the fourth round, and dropping no sets until his loss in the semifinals to Robin Söderling.[2] At the 2012 US Open he defeated World No. 1 Roger Federer, again at the quarterfinal stage, before losing to eventual champion Murray. During the 2014 Australian Open he lost to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets during the semi. He is the second player (after David Nalbandian) to defeat Roger Federer multiple times in Grand Slam events before the semifinal stage. He has the distinction of being one of three players, the others being Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka, to defeat all the Big Four in major events.

As well as his Paris Masters win, Berdych has reached the finals of the Miami Masters in 2010, Madrid Open in 2012 and Monte Carlo Masters in 2015, losing to Andy Roddick, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, respectively. He first reached his career-high singles ranking of World No. 4 in May 2015.

He also played the longest ATP doubles match ever, with Lukáš Rosol, defeating Marco Chiudinelli and Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup 6–4, 5–7, 6–4, 6–7, 24–22. The match was played on February 2, 2013, lasting 7 hours, 2 minutes. It was the second longest ATP match ever (singles and doubles combined).

Early life[edit]

Berdych was born in Valašské Meziříčí, Moravia, Czechoslovakia to Hana Berdychová and Martin Berdych. Berdych started playing tennis at age five at the tennis center in his hometown and birthplace of Valašské Meziříčí. His father, Martin, was a train engineer, while his mother, Hana, is a doctor. At age 8 he reached the final of the top young boys of Czech Republic in Pardubice and won. Berdych soon became a top junior, winning the Czech Republic U-12 Junior Title. He then moved to the city of Prostějov where there were more practice partners and better coaches. Berdych traveled back home often to keep his ties to his old school. Ivan Lendl used a tire iron to train him.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Berdych is a big fan of ice hockey, and his favorite team is the Detroit Red Wings. He has met many Czech players from the NHL and the 1998 Olympic gold medal team, including Martin Straka, Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hašek. All of them are big tennis fans and have on several occasions come to Prostějov to play alongside Berdych. His favorite surface is hard court, and he considers his strengths to be his forehand and serve. His fitness trainer is José Félix González Castilla.[4] Berdych was in a long term relationship with tennis pro Lucie Šafářová until they broke up in 2011. He became engaged to model Ester Sátorová in late 2014. The pair married in July 2015 [5]

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

As a junior Berdych reached as high as No. 6 in the world in 2003 (and No. 2 in doubles). He won the 2001 US Open Boys' Doubles Title alongside Stephane Bohli

Junior Grand Slam results:

Australian Open: 1R (2002)
French Open: 2R (2002)
Wimbledon: QF (2003)
US Open: 1R (2001)

2002–2004: First ATP Title[edit]

Berdych turned pro in 2002, winning two Futures events, both in his country of the Czech Republic, defeating Pavel Šnobel in one final, and Ladislav Chramosta in the other final.

In 2003, after several future and challenger wins, Berdych won his first ATP Tour match in the 2003 US Open over Tomas Behrend in four sets, but lost in the next round to Juan Ignacio Chela.

In 2004, Berdych focused on Challengers and the ATP Tour. In Challengers, he won in France and Germany. On the ATP Tour, he began with the 2004 Australian Open, defeating Nicolas Mahut in four sets, before losing to fourth seed Andre Agassi. He also earned victories over Galo Blanco, Björn Phau, and Potito Starace on the ATP Tour. He made his debut in the 2003 French Open and at Wimbledon, but lost in the first rounds.

He then played at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He won in the first round against Florian Mayer and caused a major upset in the second round, defeating world No. 1 Roger Federer in three sets, despite having only five ATP Tour victories under his belt. He next beat 15th seed Tommy Robredo in the round of 16, but was defeated in the quarterfinals by Taylor Dent.

After his run at the Olympics, he reached the fourth round of the 2004 US Open with victories over Jonas Björkman, Tuomas Ketola, and Mikhail Youzhny, before losing to Tommy Haas in three sets.

He won his first ATP title at the Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia in Palermo, Italy, defeating David Ferrer in the semifinals and Filippo Volandri in the finals.

2005–2006: First Masters Title[edit]

The start of Berdych's 2005 season brought losses in the first rounds in Adelaide, Sydney, and the Australian Open. He then lost in second rounds of Marseille, Rotterdam, and Dubai. He then recorded his first back-to-back wins in Indian Wells, including a win over Mario Ančić, but lost to Ivan Ljubičić. He then lost in the first rounds of Miami, Estoril, Rome, and London. He also reached the second rounds of Monte Carlo, Hamburg, the French Open, and Nottingham.

Berdych made it to the third round at Wimbledon, losing to Taylor Dent. He had a good run with a runner-up finish in the 2005 Swedish Open to Rafael Nadal, a quarterfinal loss to Nikolay Davydenko at the 2005 Stuttgart Open and a semifinals loss to James Blake at the 2005 Washington Open. He then made it to the second round of both the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters. Berdych lost in the third round of the 2005 US Open. He then lost early in Vienna, Madrid, Palermo, and Basel. At the 2005 Paris Masters, he won his first career ATP Masters Series title. En route to the final, he beat Jiří Novák, second seed Guillermo Coria, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gastón Gaudio, and Radek Štěpánek. In the final he was victorious over sixth seed Ivan Ljubičić in five sets.

In 2006, Berdych started the year at the Brisbane International, where he reached the semifinals, losing to Xavier Malisse. However, he lost early in Sydney, the Australian Open, Marseille, Rotterdam, and Dubai. He then made it to the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters before losing to Marcos Baghdatis, and the third round of the 2006 NASDAQ–100 Open, losing to David Nalbandian. He then lost in the second rounds at Barcelona and Monte Carlo, and the third round at Rome. He reached his first French Open fourth round, but lost to Roger Federer in three sets.

He then reached his first grass-court final at the Halle Open, falling to world No. 1 Roger Federer in three sets, and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, once again losing to Federer, this time in straight sets. He then made it to the semifinals at the 2006 Mercedes Cup, losing to eventual champion David Ferrer. He then played in the 2006 Rogers Cup, where he upset Rafael Nadal in three sets, before losing to Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals. He then made it to his third straight fourth round in a Major at the 2006 US Open, losing to James Blake.

Berdych reached the finals of the 2006 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, where he lost to Dmitry Tursunov. In the 2006 Madrid Masters, Berdych delivered back-to-back upsets over former world No. 1 Andy Roddick, and Rafael Nadal, but lost to Fernando González in the semifinals. In the 2006 BNP Paribas Masters as the defending champion, he lost in the quarterfinals to Dominik Hrbatý in three sets.

Berdych defeated Rafael Nadal in Madrid, but lost in his semifinal match against Fernando González in straight sets.

2007–2008: 3rd & 4th ATP Titles[edit]

Tomáš Berdych at the 2008 Hamburg Masters.

Berdych began the year by making it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Medibank International and the fourth round of the 2007 Australian Open, losing to world no. 3 Nikolay Davydenko. He then had early losses in Rotterdam, Dubai, Indian Wells, and Miami. He then reached the semifinals on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters event, his best result at the event, defeating Nicolás Almagro, Benjamin Becker, fifth seed Tommy Robredo, and Robin Söderling, before losing to second seed Rafael Nadal. He also made it to the semifinals of the 2007 BMW Open, losing to Mikhail Youzhny, 6–4, 6–3, despite not a dropping a set before the loss. He also made it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 Rome Masters. However, despite his good run on clay, he lost in the first round of the 2007 French Open to Guillermo García-López in straight sets.

Berdych then won his third ATP singles title in Halle, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 7–5, 6–4, and not dropping a set en route to the title. At Wimbledon, he made it to the quarterfinals in his best performance at a Grand Slam, defeating Nicolás Massú, Michaël Llodra, Hyung-Taik Lee, and 19th seed (35th-ranked) Jonas Björkman, before losing to Rafael Nadal in straight sets. In the Canadian Masters event, his first tournament since Wimbledon, as 10th seed and defending quarterfinalist, he lost in the first round to Robin Haase, who was making his Canadian debut. The following week in Cincinnati, as 10th seed, he made it to the third round, before losing to Nikolay Davydenko, after which he rose to a new career high of no. 9. He then made it through the fourth round at the 2007 US Open, retiring against Andy Roddick. He then reached the semifinals of the 2007 Thailand Open, losing to Benjamin Becker and the 2007 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, losing to Richard Gasquet. His last tournament of the year was the 2007 Paris Masters, losing to David Ferrer.

Berdych began 2008 by competing in the Hopman Cup, but his event was effected by a stomach virus. He then entered the 2008 Medibank International, being upset by Chris Guccione in the quarterfinals. Entering the 2008 Australian Open as 13th seed, he reached the fourth round, where he fell to Roger Federer in straight sets. At the 2008 Miami Masters, Berdych made it through the semifinals, including a win over Juan Carlos Ferrero and not dropping a set en route, but he lost to Rafael Nadal 6–7, 2–6. He dropped out of the top 20 due to a sprained right ankle which caused him to miss the 2008 Monte Carlo Masters and the 2008 Rome Masters. He then reached the finals of the 2008 Swedish Open, losing to Tommy Robredo 4–6, 1–6.

Representing his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Berdych advanced to the third round before being defeated by Roger Federer in their second meeting at an Olympics tennis tournament. He also had a bad run in North America, as he suffered early losses and a first-round loss in the 2008 US Open to Sam Querrey. He then made it to the semifinals of the 2008 Thailand Open, losing to Novak Djokovic. He then won his only title of the year in the 2008 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, with wins over four top-20 players: Tommy Robredo, Fernando González, Andy Roddick, and Juan Martín del Potro in the finals.

2009: 5th ATP title[edit]

Berdych during the 2009 season.

Berdych's season did not have a good start, as he had a 2–6 record, excluding the 2009 Australian Open, where he advanced to the fourth round to face Roger Federer. Berdych took a two sets to love lead over Federer, but ended by being defeated in a tough five-setter 6–4, 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 2–6. He then competed in the Challenger in 2010 BMW Tennis Championship, where he lost to Robin Söderling in the finals. He then reached the fourth round of the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, losing to Novak Djokovic after upsetting James Blake.

In the clay season, Berdych did not do well except for the 2009 French Open and the Masters as he lost in the first two rounds in all four events. He then reached the round of 16 at the 2009 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, losing to Fernando Verdasco 5–7, 7–5, 4–6, and he won his only title of the year and the only time he reached a result better than the quarterfinals in the 2009 BMW Open, defeating Mikhail Youzhny 6–4, 4–6, 7–6. In the 2009 Gerry Weber Open, he lost to Mischa Zverev 6–3, 2–6, 6–7, and at Wimbledon, he lost to eventual finalist Andy Roddick 6–7, 4–6, 3–6. He then lost in the first rounds of Stuttgart and the Rogers Masters, but reached the quarterfinals of 2009 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, losing to John Isner 3–6, 7–6, 2–6, and 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, losing to Rafael Nadal 4–6, 5–7.

In the US Open, he reached the round of 32, losing to Fernando González. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Proton Malaysian Open and the 2009 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. He then suffered back-to-back losses to Gilles Simon at the 2009 Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 and the 2009 Valencia Open 500. He then reached the second round in Paris, losing to Tommy Robredo.

In the Davis Cup first-round tie against France, he won the opening match, defeating top-ranked Frenchman Gilles Simon and joined Radek Štěpánek to beat French duo Richard Gasquet and Michaël Llodra. He later helped his country to reach the Davis Cup final against Spain, after winning the semifinal tie 3–2 against Croatia. The tie ended 5–0 in favor of the defending champions, with Berdych losing to Nadal in the first rubber 5–7, 0–6, 2–6.

2010: Grand Slam & Masters Runner Ups[edit]

Berdych began the year at the 2010 Brisbane International, where he reached the semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Andy Roddick 6–1, 3–6, 4–6. He then suffered second-round upsets at the 2010 Medibank International Sydney to Peter Luczak and the 2010 Australian Open to Evgeny Korolev. He then recorded three straight quarterfinals in the 2010 SAP Open, once again losing to Andy Roddick 6–7, 6–7, at the 2010 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships upset by Ernests Gulbis 6–3, 3–6, 6–7, and the first Masters of the year at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open to Rafael Nadal 4–6, 6–7, after upsetting Fernando Verdasco 6–0, 6–3, en route.

In the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, he stunned an error-filled top seed Roger Federer 6–4, 6–7, 7–6, in the round of 16, after saving a match point on Federer's serve in the tiebreak at 6–5, which he won 8–6. This was his second victory over Roger and ended an eight straight losing streak to the Swiss. He then went on to defeat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, for a spot in the semifinals. Berdych overpowered fifth seed Robin Söderling in two sets in the semifinals 6–2, 6–2, but lost in the final to Roddick 5–7, 4–6.

He began his clay season at the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, losing to eventual finalist Fernando Verdasco 7–5, 3–6, 2–6, in the third round, after cruising through the first two rounds. At the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka 6–2, 3–6, 6–7. At the 2010 BMW Open, he was upset by Philipp Petzschner 6–1, 3–6, 4–6, in the quarterfinals. He then withdrew from the 2010 Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open due to a right hip injury. He then represented Czech Republic at the 2010 ARAG World Team Cup and won all his three singles matches, but failed to reach the final after losing the tie against USA. In the 2010 French Open, Berdych enjoyed his best performance to date in a Grand Slam tournament. He reached the semifinals, where he was defeated by fifth seed Robin Söderling 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 3–6, 3–6. En route to the semifinals, he defeated three seeded opponents in straight sets: John Isner in the third round, world no. 4 Andy Murray in the fourth round, and Mikhail Youzhny in the quarterfinals.

He reached his first career slam final at Wimbledon after beating Andrey Golubev and Benjamin Becker in straight sets, Denis Istomin in five, and Daniel Brands in four sets. He also defeated defending champion Roger Federer in four sets 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 6–4, to record his second straight victory over the Swiss.[6] The win also made him only the fourth Czech-born man to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon, after Jaroslav Drobný, Jan Kodeš, and Ivan Lendl. In the semifinal match against Novak Djokovic, Berdych won in straight sets 6–3, 7–6, 6–3, to reach his first Grand Slam final, against world no. 1 Rafael Nadal. There, he lost to the Spaniard 3–6, 5–7, 4–6, to finish as runner-up.[7]

Berdych at the US Open

Afterwards, he played at the 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington as the top seed. He made the quarterfinals, after beating both Dmitry Tursunov and Andrey Golubev in three sets en route. However, he lost to Xavier Malisse 4–6, 6–3, 2–6, in the quarterfinal round. At the 2010 Rogers Cup held in Toronto, he was seventh seed. He beat two Ukrainian players, Sergiy Stakhovsky 6–2, 6–4, (in the opening round) and Alexandr Dolgopolov 6–3, 6–7, 6–4, (in the third round) to reach the quarterfinals. There, he lost to Roger Federer 3–6, 7–5, 6–7, despite serving for the match at 5–3 in the third set while being two points away from victory numerous times. At the 2010 US Open as seventh seed, Berdych was upset in the first round by Michaël Llodra, 6–7, 4–6, 4–6.

Appearing at the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, he made the quarterfinals, where he lost to David Ferrer, 6–4, 5–7, 4–6. Berdych then made a first-round exit at the 2010 China Open, where he lost to Michael Berrer, 6–4, 5–7, 4–6. At the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters as seventh seed, Berdych lost to Guillermo García-López in the third round, 6–7, 3–6. He then suffered two successive opening-round losses, first at the 2010 If Stockholm Open in Stockholm (Sweden) falling to Jarkko Nieminen for the first time, 1–6, 4–6, and at the 2010 Davidoff Swiss Indoors in Basel (Switzerland), losing to Tobias Kamke, 4–6, 1–6.

At the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters as fifth seed, Berdych lost to Nikolay Davydenko in the third round, 6–4, 6–7, 0–6. Berdych qualified for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, where he made his first appearance at the year-end championships. He was sixth seed at the 2010 ATP World Tour Finals. In his opening round-robin match he lost to Novak Djokovic, 3–6, 3–6. However, Berdych defeated Andy Roddick in the second round-robin match, 7–5, 6–3. In his last round-robin match, Berdych was defeated by Rafael Nadal in two sets, which meant that he could not advance to the semifinals.

2011: 6th ATP Title[edit]

Berdych began the year at the 2011 Aircel Chennai Open, where he reached the semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Stanislas Wawrinka 4–6, 1–6. At the 2011 Australian Open, Berdych advanced to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic 1–6, 6–7, 1–6.[8] He then recorded two straight quarterfinals and a semifinal in the 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, pulling out against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga citing injury, at the 2011 Open 13 falling to Marin Čilić 3–6, 4–6, and at the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships, retiring with a thigh injury against the eventual champion, Novak Djokovic, whilst trailing 7–6, 2–6, 2–4.

Berdych at the 2011 Australian Open

At the 2011 Davis Cup World Group, the Czech Republic were defeated by Kazakhstan 2–3 meaning that the Czechs would have to go through the Play-offs. Berdych won his first singles rubber against Mikhail Kukushkin and in the doubles, Berdych and his partner, Lukáš Dlouhý, defeated Evgeny Korolev and Yuri Schukin, both in straight sets. In his second rubber, Berdych was beaten by Andrey Golubev 5–7, 7–5, 4–6, 2–6.

In the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, Berdych reached the round of 16, after defeating Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo, Carlos Berlocq, and Florian Mayer, before falling to eventual finalist Rafael Nadal 2–6, 6–3, 3–6.

He began his clay season at the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, losing in the round of 16 to Ivan Ljubičić in straight sets. At the 2011 Mutua Madrid Open, Berdych reached the quarterfinals, before losing to Thomaz Bellucci 6–7, 3–6. At the 2011 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, he reached the quarterfinals, before falling to Richard Gasquet 6–4, 2–6, 4–6. At the 2011 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Berdych reached his first semifinal of the clay season, before losing to eventual champion Nicolás Almagro in straight sets.[9] At the 2011 French Open, Berdych was seeded sixth. In the first round, Berdych suffered a shocking loss to Stéphane Robert 6–3, 6–3, 2–6, 2–6, 7–9.

In preparation for Wimbledon, Berdych played in the 2011 Gerry Weber Open held in Halle, Germany. In the first round, Berdych defeated Ruben Bemelmans 5–7, 7–6, 6–4, after saving three match points.[10] He then defeated Jan Hernych and Viktor Troicki in the second round and quarterfinals respectively, both in straight sets.[11] In the semifinals, he lost to Philipp Petzschner 6–7, 6–2, 3–6. At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Berdych won his first, second, and third-round matches in straight sets against Filippo Volandri,[12] Julien Benneteau, and Alex Bogomolov, Jr.[13] respectively. In the fourth round, Berdych suffered a straight-set loss to Mardy Fish.

His next tournament was the 2011 Swedish Open, where he reached the semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Robin Söderling in straight sets.[14]

Berdych kicked off his US Open Series at the 2011 Rogers Cup. As he was seeded seventh, he received a bye into the second round. In the second round, he beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 4–6, 6–2, 6–3. From that match onward, Berdych changed his racket to the Head YouTek™ IG Instinct MP.[15] In the Round of 16, Berdych defeated Ivo Karlović with the scoreline of 6–3, 7–6.[16] In the quarterfinals, Berdych fell to Janko Tipsarević 4–6, 4–6.

Berdych competed in the 2011 Western & Southern Open held in Cincinnati, United States. As the eighth seed, he received a bye into the second round. In the quarterfinals, Berdych stunned the two-time defending champion, Roger Federer in straight sets.[17] In the semifinals, Berdych faced world no. 1 Novak Djokovic. Berdych retired after losing the first set 5–7, citing injury to the right shoulder.[18]

The next tournament Berdych played in was the 2011 US Open, the final Grand Slam of 2011. In the first round, Berdych defeated French qualifier Romain Jouan 6–2, 7–6, 6–1.[19] In the second round, Berdych dominated against Fabio Fognini 7–5, 6–0, 6–0.[20] In the third round, Berdych retired against 20th seed, Janko Tipsarević, after re-aggravating the shoulder injury he suffered at the 2011 Western & Southern Open. He was trailing 4–6, 0–5 when he retired.[21]

Berdych played with the Czech Republic Davis Cup team against Romania in the 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs. In his singles rubber, Berdych defeated Victor Crivoi in straight sets.[22] Berdych then teamed up with Radek Štěpánek in the doubles rubber, and they defeated Marius Copil and Horia Tecău 3–6, 6–3, 6–0, 6–2. Štěpánek also won his singles rubber to guarantee the Czech Republic a spot in the 2012 Davis Cup World Group.[23][24]

After pulling out of the 2011 Proton Malaysian Open due to a recurring shoulder injury, Berdych competed at the 2011 China Open as the third seed. Berdych defeated Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first and second rounds, respectively, both in straight sets.[25] In the quarterfinals, Berdych dominated against Fernando Verdasco, thrashing him 6–1, 6–0.[26] Berdych reached his first final since the 2010 Wimbledon Championships after a hard-fought 6–4, 4–6, 6–1 victory over top seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.[27] Berdych won his sixth title of his career and his first title since the 2009 BMW Open, after defeating Marin Čilić in the final 3–6, 6–4, 6–1.[28]

Berdych's next tournament was the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters. As sixth seed, he received a bye into the second round. Berdych continued his good run of form by defeating compatriot Radek Štěpánek, before falling to Feliciano López in straight sets. Berdych next played at the 2011 Swiss Indoors Basel. He lost in the first round to eventual finalist Kei Nishikori 6–3, 3–6, 2–6.

Berdych then competed at the 2011 BNP Paribas Masters held in Paris, France, the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season. As the fifth seed, Berdych received a bye into the second round. In the second round, Berdych defeated Fernando Verdasco 6–3, 7–5.[29] In the third round, Berdych defeated Janko Tipsarević 7–5, 6–4. Because of this victory, Berdych qualified for the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, along with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mardy Fish. This was Berdych's second consecutive year to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.[30] In the quarterfinals, Berdych shocked the 2nd seed, Andy Murray 4–6, 7–6, 6–4, ending the Scotsman's 17-match winning streak.[31] In the semifinal, Berdych lost to the 3rd seed (and eventual champion), Roger Federer 4–6, 3–6.[32]

Berdych's final tournament of the 2011 season was the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals. He came into the year-end championships as the 7th seed and was placed in Group A along with Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray (Later replaced by Janko Tipsarević), and David Ferrer. In the first tie, Berdych lost to top seed, Novak Djokovic 6–3, 3–6, 6–7, after Berdych squandered match point at 5–4 in the final set.[33] In the second tie, Berdych was meant to face Andy Murray, but he was replaced by the alternate, Janko Tipsarević, after Murray pulled out of the tournament with a groin injury. Berdych was forced to come back from a set down and hold match point in the final set tie-breaker, but he eventually won 2–6, 6–3, 7–6.[34] In the final tie of the group stages, Berdych faced the 5th seed, David Ferrer. Berdych once again came back from a set down to defeat Ferrer 3–6, 7–5, 6–1.[35] This victory meant that Berdych won his group and he qualified for the semifinals for the first time in his career. In the semifinals, Berdych fell to the 6th seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 5–7.[36] Berdych ended the season ranked 7th.

2012: Masters Runner-Up, Hopman Cup - Davis Cup double[edit]

Berdych kicked off the 2012 season with a bang, winning the 2012 Hopman Cup for the Czech Republic with compatriot Petra Kvitová.[37] They were seeded first and won all their ties. Berdych finished the tournament with a 4–0 singles record, defeating Grigor Dimitrov, Mardy Fish, and Frederik Nielsen in the group stages. In the final, Berdych and Kvitová both won their singles ties against France, with Berdych defeating Richard Gasquet, 7–6, 6–4.[38]

At the 2012 AAMI Classic, Berdych was unfortunate to lose his ties against Bernard Tomic and Andy Roddick respectively, after being a set up in each match. At the 2012 Australian Open, Berdych reached the quarterfinals after battling past Nicolás Almagro in the fourth round, 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 7–6.[39] The match was marred with controversy, as Berdych refused to shake Almagro's hand because he believed Almagro intentionally aimed a shot at him during the match. Because of this, Berdych was booed whilst leaving the court.[40] In the quarterfinals, Berdych lost to second seed and eventual finalist Rafael Nadal in four sets, after winning the first set.[41]

Berdych in 2012.

Berdych won his first ATP tournament of 2012 at the 2012 Open Sud de France, defeating third seed Gaël Monfils, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3.[42][43] This was Berdych's seventh career title and his fourth ATP World Tour 250 series title. This was followed by his reaching the semifinals at the 2012 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, before falling to Juan Martín del Potro. Berdych played at the 2012 BNP Paribas Open as the seventh seed, where he faced Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round after receiving a bye. After winning the second round, Berdych defeated Andy Roddick, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, but then lost to Almagro, 4–6, 0–6. This was followed by another upset in the third round of the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open, losing to Grigor Dimitrov, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6.

Berdych kicked off his clay-court season at the 2012 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he reached the semifinals, after upsetting third seed Andy Murray 6–7, 6–2, 6–3, in the quarterfinals.[44] He was defeated by world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, in the semifinals.[45] Berdych competed at the 2012 Mutua Madrid Open as the sixth seed. In the early rounds, Berdych had straight-set victories over Kevin Anderson and Gaël Monfils. He thrashed Fernando Verdasco, 6–1, 6–2 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Berdych defeated tenth seed Juan Martín del Potro 7–6, 7–6, for a place in the final.[46][47] He was beaten by Roger Federer in three sets in the final. Federer leads their head-to-head 11–4.

Berdych represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 Power Horse World Team Cup, where the Czechs reached the finals, before being defeated by Serbia. At the 2012 French Open, he was the seventh seed. He defeated Dudi Sela in the first round and Michaël Llodra in the second round, both in straight sets.[48][49] In the third round, Berdych was pushed to five sets in a four-hour marathon against 31st seed Kevin Anderson, before he eventually prevailed, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4.[50] Berdych lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the fourth round, 6–7, 6–1, 3–6, 5–7.[51] Berdych endured a tough spell in the summer, losing in the first round at both Wimbledon and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

He made the final of the 2012 Winston-Salem Open the week before the US Open, losing to John Isner in three sets, with a tie-break in the third set that went to 11–9. At the US Open, upon beating Nicolás Almagro in straight sets 7–6, 6–4, 6–1 (his 200th career hard-court victory), Berdych made it past the fourth round of the US Open for the first time. He became only the third man from his country (after Ivan Lendl and Petr Korda) to reach the quarter-final stage at all four Grand Slams.[52] In the quarter-finals he upset top seed Roger Federer in four sets, prevailing 7–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–3. He lost to Andy Murray in his first US Open semi-final in four sets, 7–5, 2–6, 1–6, 6–7. He took his 2nd singles title of the year in Stockholm Indoor, defeating Tsonga in the finals. At the 2012 ATP World Tour Finals he lost his first match against reigning US Open champion Andy Murray before beating Tsonga in his second match. In his last round robin match he lost to Novak Djokovic meaning he was unable to qualify for the semifinals. He ended the year participating in the 2012 Davis Cup Final playing in both singles and doubles and winning two matches as the Czech Republic won against Spain.

2013: Reaching the Top 5 & 2nd Davis Cup Title[edit]

Tomáš Berdych at Queens.

In 2013 Berdych signed a clothing sponsorship deal with H&M, replacing Nike. He reached his third consecutive quarter final at the 2013 Australian Open before falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. He then participated in the 2013 Davis Cup and he teamed up with Rosol in Davis Cup doubles against Switzerland playing the second longest ever ATP match. He then made back-to-back finals at the Open 13 and at the Dubai Tennis Championships losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets despite having match point and to Novak Djokovic in straight sets, respectively.[53][54] And then he made a semifinal showing at the BNP Paribas Open losing to Rafael Nadal. At the Sony Open Tennis, he was upset by Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals.

In the clay season, Berdych back to back semifinals of Masters 1000 events at the Mutua Madrid Open losing to Stanislas Wawrinka in three after defeating Andy Murray in the quarterfinals and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia defeating Novak Djokovic for just the second time in 13 meeting before losing to Nadal in straight sets. However, at the French Open, He lost in the first round to Gael Monfils, in a long five set match, 5-7 in the fifth set.[55] At the Queen's club championship, Berdych joined forces with Ivan Lendl in a charity doubles match against Andy Murray and Tim Henman, which they eventually lost 6-4. Berdych then went on to play Wimbledon, where he reached the quarterfinals before losing to eventual runner-up Novak Djokovic.

At the Rogers Cup, Berdych was defeated by Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the Third Round. However, Berdych bounced back at the Western & Southern Open, pulling off an upset in the quarterfinals by defeating Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4 but subsequently lost in the semifinals to Rafael Nadal. At the US Open he made it to the fourth round before being defeated by Stanislas Wawrinka. He reached his third final at the PTT Thailand Open falling to Canadian Milos Raonic in two tight sets.[56] Berdych qualified for the fourth straight year for the ATP World Tour Finals, where he scored a win against David Ferrer in straight sets, but lost against Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka, both in three sets.

2014: 9th and 10th ATP Titles[edit]

Berdych reached his first Australian Open semi final. In the semifinal, he lost to Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets. Berdych defeated a red-hot Marin Cilic to secure the ABN-AMBRO championship in Rotterdam. With this victory he returns to his highest career ranking, #5. Berdych lost to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the second round of the 2014 Indian Wells Masters. Although he entered the 2014 Sony Open Tennis ranked number seventh, Berdych reclaimed his career high ranking of World No. 5 at the conclusion of the tournament, after withdrawing before his semi-final match with Rafael Nadal due to gastroentiritis.[57] He was defeated by in-form Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the third round of the 2014 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Berdych reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, most notably beating John Isner in the fourth round before losing in straight sets to in-form Ernests Gulbis.

Berdych struggled in the grass court season; he lost to eventual finalist Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Aegon Championships. He reach the third round of 2014 Wimbledon Championships before falling to Marin Cilic in straight sets.

At the 2014 US Open Berdych reached the quarterfinals where he lost to eventual champion Marin Cilic in straight sets. His results continue to improve after US Open. He made to finals of the 2014 China Open (tennis) losing to Novak Djokovic. He made to the quarterfinals of the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters. In the quarterfinals he lost to eventual finalist Gilles Simon. Berdych clinch the 2014 If Stockholm Open title by defeating defending champion Grigor Dimitrov in the final.

In December, Berdych announced that he had parted ways with his coach of six years Tomáš Krupa and fitness trainer David Vydra. Daniel Vallverdu was appointed as Berdych's coach for the 2015 season. Azuz Simcich became his new fitness coach.[58]

2015[edit]

Berdych started his season at the 2015 Qatar Open in Doha.[59] Reaching the final against David Ferrer, losing in two sets. In Melbourne, Berdych reached his second Australian Open semi-final, after defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals. Berdych lost in four sets against Andy Murray in the semi-final. On February 15, 2015, he lost to Stan Wawrinka in three sets at the 2015 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and therefore was not able to defend his title from the previous year. In the Miami Open, Berdych reached the semi-finals, but lost to Andy Murray.[60] This equalised his head-to-head score with Murray at 6–6. Berdych then participated in the Monte Carlo Masters, in which he defeated Gaël Monfils and Milos Raonic to reach the final, but eventually lost to Novak Djokovic.[61] At the 2015 Mutua Madrid Open, Berdych lost in the semi-finals to Rafael Nadal, but moved up two spots to 5th in the rankings. Following a quarterfinal appearance the next week at the Rome Masters, Berdych reached a career-best No. 4 in the world rankings on May 18.

Playing style and personality[edit]

Tomas Berdych is an Offensive baseliner known for his hard-hitting game and powerful shots. His groundstrokes are considered one of the strongest and most accurate on the tour. Despite an unusually short backswing on his forehand, it is considered his signature shot and has reached up to 150km/h before. Coupled with his consistency and accuracy, his forehand usually dominates his opponents. His backhand, despite being his weaker wing, is still relatively fast and consistent. He has been known to run around backhands to hit inside-out forehand winners. Due to the consistency, strength and accuracy of his groundstrokes, some have called him a stronger Davydenko.

Due to his height and strength, Berdych also possesses one of the strongest and most accurate serves on the tour, reaching up to 230km/h. His second serve is relatively slower, but has more top-spin. Due to his height as well, he also possesses an extremely strong overhead smash, and almost never misses.

For his size, he is also considered fast and sometimes hit drop-shots, which are especially effective because his groundstrokes and serve often force his opponent to the back of the court. It is also due to his ability to hit drop-shots effectively that he has had more success on clay and grass courts.

Berdych's weaknesses include his predictability and his inability to defend well. Despite his offensive game, Berdych is considerably weaker when playing on the defense, particularly due to his footwork. Especially when the ball gets behind him, he struggles to return flat, strong groundstrokes that he needs to win the point. He also has a habit of hitting cross-court most of the time as well, especially on his backhand, which can make his groundstrokes more predictable.

Early in his career, Berdych was known to be an emotional and explosive player. He often reacted emotionally to big and important wins, most notably his wins against Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in Wimbledon in 2010. Earlier in his career, he was also known to be mentally weak, often stumbling on important points in big matches. However, he was also known to have outbursts and show signs of anger and disrespect towards other players. He even caused some tirades over line calls and opponents' actions. However, more recently, he has shed this notorious personality of his and has become a more gracious and positive player on the court. His mental game has also improved tremendously, as shown by his consistency (reaching the semi-finals of all Grand Slams). With wins over almost every top 10 player since 2010, such as Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Stanislas Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Novak Djokovic, he has also become known as one of the most consistently solid players on the tour, and is widely considered one of the best players to have not won a grand slam.

Equipment and apparel[edit]

Berdych is sponsored by Head for his rackets and he is using the Head YouTek™ Graphene Instinct MP from the 2013 season onward.[62] For the 2012 season, Berdych was using the Head YouTek IG Instinct MP.[15] From the start of 2010 through the end of the 2011 season, Berdych used the Pro Stock Head YouTek Radical MP with a 16/19 string pattern. Before the 2010 season, Berdych was sponsored by Dunlop Sport and used the Dunlop Aerogel 4D 200.[63]

In January 2013, it was announced Berdych has signed a partnership with Swedish fashion house H&M,[64] after his contract with Nike ended earlier in the month. He will act as a spokesperson and co-design the tennis wear for the brand. Berdych debuted his new clothing on 2013 Miami Master. Since H&M does not manufacture sports shoes, he continues to wear Nike footwear.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam tournament performance timeline[edit]

Key
W  F  SF QF R# RR LQ (Q#) A P Z# PO SF-B F-S G NMS NH

Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup - / Fed Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2015 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 1R 2R 4R 4R 4R 2R QF QF QF SF SF 0 / 12 34–12 73.91
French Open A 1R 2R 4R 1R 2R 1R SF 1R 4R 1R QF 4R 0 / 12 20–12 62.50
Wimbledon A 1R 3R 4R QF 3R 4R F 4R 1R QF 3R 4R 0 / 12 32–12 72.73
US Open 2R 4R 3R 4R 4R 1R 3R 1R 3R SF 4R QF 0 / 12 28–12 70.00
Win–Loss 1–1 4–4 5–4 10–4 10–4 6–4 8–4 12–4 9–4 12–4 11–4 15–4 11–3 0 / 48 114–48 70.37
ATP World Tour Finals
Tour Finals Did Not Qualify RR SF RR RR RR 0 / 5 6–10 37.5
Finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 2010 Wimbledon Grass Spain Rafael Nadal 3–6, 5–7, 4–6

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