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Tomas Berdych – 10th of November 2014



TENNIS ATP FINALS 2014 – Stan Wawrinka d. Tomas Berdych 6-1, 6-1. Group A


Q. How much of that is just a bad matchup for you? What about your general level of play today?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, unfortunately it was my worst match of the whole season, and I kept it for the start here in the World Tour Finals. So that’s not the best one at the start.

But, yeah, there are days like that. Now it’s over of that. Really, I mean, it’s just matter of, you know, looking forward, trying to find a way for next few days. Just try to leave this somewhere very far and try to come up with some better tennis.

Q. How much of it is just your own mental state of mind, late in the season, tired, mentally, physically? What’s going on?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, there are some things that, you know, you can judge it from. But I felt really good. It’s not the way of, you know, being tired, even physically or mentally. That’s definitely not an issue. We have enough time between the last tournament in Paris coming here. So really this is not the problem.

This is just a bad day. That’s how it is.

Q. You lost the first four games very quickly today, like 15 minutes. How surprised were you at that start? Did you feel you were starting to panic? Did you try to work your way out of it?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, doesn’t look like, but I was trying to find something, some way how    not even find a way how to get from it, but find a way how to feel the ball.

My game is about hitting the ball nice, clean, then you can create something. But that’s the beginning what I didn’t have today at all. I hit so many frames. You know, just was not there. It’s the thing that I have to sit with my team and find out and make the right things for the future days.

But, yeah, as I said, today nothing works out for me, and that’s the result.

Q. Did you feel like you were hitting the ball well during practice all week or even during the warmup before today’s match? When you stepped on the match court, it just wasn’t there?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, I mean, you have places where you come and you can hit the ball almost with the closed eyes and everything is perfect and everything is set up.

But for me I think it’s, you know, just a bit different here. You know, it’s always a bigger challenge to me to find a right rhythm to my game. Sometimes I’m able to do that. Sometimes it’s not the right way. Today was actually the worst way.

So, you know, but as you asked, no, there hasn’t been any, like, huge troubles or difference in the practice. I felt good. My body’s good. So that’s how it is.

Q. You and Ivan Lendl are the only two Czechs to have played the Finals five times. I wondered if you admired him when you were a kid. Was he one of your idols? Do you still think about working with him in the future?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, actually I never had a name that I would really see as a idol or one player that I would like to be like or follow up. I mean, I like the tennis generally.

Yeah, I would say it’s more likely that some of the small occasions, like we are five times a year probably, but he probably five times won it, so it’s a bit different story.

Then the people starting to put more and more together, you know. But, no, I think working with him, that’s over for now definitely. I mean, I don’t know what has to be the change to change his mind. But it’s how it is.

I just respect his decisions. There is no reason to still be, you know, looking back. But you always have to look forward and keep moving.

Q. Can you tell us a few words about the game of Marin Cilic this season and how you’re going to prepare to play against him? You have to win that match to have a chance to go through.

TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, exactly. I mean, I’m definitely not going to count that my score can be helpful, definitely not. I mean, I’m in the worst possible situation that I can ever be.

You know, I’m going to face Marin or Novak first, in the end playing both of them, and the only chance to qualify is to beat them, it’s almost a mission impossible.

But, I don’t know, let’s try. Let’s prepare for the next day. Let’s do my work, my preparation. Whoever it is for the next day, if it’s Marin or Novak, just need to be ready for it, need to be prepared, try to play better.

Q. Are you surprised with the level of his game this season?

TOMAS BERDYCH: No, I’m definitely not surprised. I mean, when there is a player who improved during the whole season that much, then it’s definitely not surprise. It’s a guy who has a great season. He won a slam, took his way all the way up.

You know, it’s a great season. It’s a really dangerous player.

Q. How did you find the court surface today? How does it compare to the previous four years you qualified?

TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, honestly, I don’t know if I’m in the right mood, the right feeling just to judge the court. Because today I didn’t really feel anything right.

But I don’t think there is any difference between that. The courts are pretty much every year very same. If there is a small difference, it’s very little. It’s really hard to judge.

I don’t know what are the others saying or what are the opinions of other players. But I found the surface quite challenging. When you hit the ball very flat, it stays flat. When you put a lot of spin or some spin, it taking the spin quite a lot, too.

Yeah, it’s different than the courts, I don’t know, in Paris or the weeks before. But, you know, it’s always when you are building a temporary court, it’s nearly impossible to make it exactly the same all the way around.

But, no, I mean, in the end, the court itself is well prepared.


Team World One Win Away From Victory in Laver Cup

Team World take a huge 10-2 lead over Team Europe heading into the final day



Image via Laver Cup twitter

After losing the first four editions of the Laver Cup, Team World look set to win the event for a second time as the event reaches its conclusion tomorrow.


Team World Captain John McEnroe was thrilled with the day’s results but warned against complacency: “We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. The job’s not done but we’re pretty close.”

American duo Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe both earned straight sets wins over Andrey Rublev and Hubert Hurkacz, while Felix Auger-Aliassime and Ben Shelton beat Hurkacz and Gael Monfils.

“I want to play well for the guys,” said Tiafoe after his singles victory. “I played really well tonight. Just being in a team environment is so foreign to us as tennis players, it’s such an individual sport.”

After winning his third singles match in three appearances at the Laver Cup, Fritz was also motivated to do well:

“Yesterday, all the guys played really well. I felt that and wanted to come out on court and show what I can do. That definitely motivated me. Any type of team environment, I feel like it always elevates my game. I feel like my record in team events is really strong because I have a team cheering for me. I get pumped up. I’m excited to play for them. It just adds more pressure and fire to it. I think I play better in those situations.”

The doubles was a typically dynamic and feisty affair, and after the match Shelton was full of praise for his partner:

“It’s amazing, when you play with a guy who serves and returns like Felix, is as athletic as him, and goes back for the overhead as strong as him, it’s a fun time,” said Shelton. “We call him ‘Laver Cup Felix’ because he turns into something special this week, just glad I got to share the court with him at least once.”

Auger-Aliassime returned the compliments: “The best comes out of me when I’m playing not only for myself but for team-mates. Ben carried me through the end of that match, it was tough for me to get it done.”

Casper Ruud, meanwhile, beat Tommy Paul for Europe’s only points so far.

Matches on the final day are worth three points each – meaning that Team Europe would have to win all four remaining matches to prevent Team World from winning the trophy.

T. Fritz def A. Rublev 6-2, 7-6
F. Tiafoe def H. Hurkacz 7-5, 6-3
F. Auger-Aliassime & B. Shelton def H.Hurkacz & G. Monfils 7-5, 6-4
C. Ruud def T. Paul 7-6, 6-2

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ATP RANKINGS UPDATE: Novak Djokovic, No.1 once more



After the US Open the Serbian champion reclaims top spot. Alexander Zverev is back in the Top 10


By Roberto Ferri

Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion”

Rudy Tomjanovich coined this maxim just after his Houston Rockets won the NBA championship in 1995. He was paying homage to Akeem Holajuwon. It perfectly suits the heart of Daniil Medvedev, who proved 99% of tennis fans in the world to be wrong, convinced as they were that he would lose the semifinal to former No 1 Carlos Alcaraz.

But his dream to win a second US Open, after his triumph in 2021, was shattered by another champion, whose heart and class is even greater: that’s Novak Djokovic, who affixes his seal on his return to No.1, equalling Margaret Court Smith’s record of 24 majors.

Djokovic dethroning Alcaraz is not the only change in the top 20: Sascha Zverev is back in the top 10 after almost one year and Ben Shelton, great protagonist of the Us Open, debuts in the top 20 best players in the world.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrei Rublev and Alexander Zverev gain 2 positions.

Ben Shelton devours 28 positions.

Sinner, Tiafoe, Norrie and Dimitrov lose one.

Casper Ruud and Karen Khachanov, runner up and semi-finalist respectively  at the 2022 US  Open, drop 4 positions.

One step forward for Fritz, de Minaur, Paul, Auger-Aliassime and Hurkacz.


From 12 to 19 November the 8 best players of the ranking based on the points earned in the ongoing solar season will be playing the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin.

Will Novak Djokovic succeed in winning a second straight title? He appears to be heading in the right direction.


Thanks to his triumph at the US Open the Serbian overtakes Alcaraz also in the Race to Turin.

Jannik Sinner holds fourth spot while Andrei Rublev overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas and is now fifth.

The eighth position is occupied by Alexander Zverev.

Last year runner up, Casper Ruud is currently 10th. This means he would feature in Turin as a reserve.


The Next Gen Finals, dedicated to the best under 21s, (8 effectives and 2 reserves) of the season will take place this year in Gedda, Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 winner, Brandon Nakashima, will not be defending his title, since he was born in 2001.

PositionPlayerCountryPtsYOB ATP rank
6Van AsscheFrance597200469
12Llamas RuizSpain3702002133

Taking for granted that Alcaraz and, most likely Rune, will be playing the ATP Finals, we have included in the chart the 12 current top under 21s.


Besides Ben Shelton, other 11 players have achieved their career highest this week.

We tribute a double applause to the four players who are making their debut in the top 100.

The 25-year-old Croatian Borna Gojo, 22-year-old Australian Rinky Hijkata and the Swiss next gen Dominic Stricker all reap the reward for their brilliant runs at the US Open. Seyboth Wild, the Brazilian who stunned Medvedev in the first round of Roland Garros leaps to No.76 after winning the Challenger in Como last week.

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Translated by Kingsley Elliot Kaye

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COMMENT: Novak Djokovic Proves His Greatness At US Open



Love him, or hate him. But respect him.


No tennis player has ever been better than Novak Djokovic.

Even Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have to take their hats off to Novak, and admire him.

Now that Rafa and Roger have left Djokovic on his own stage at least for now, tennis fans love Novak.


Djokovic’s performance on Sunday evening in the U.S. Open final was simply amazing. Daniil Medvedev also played his heart out, but Djokovic went one step further. He was sensational.

It was a thrill-a-minute three-set match. It lasted well into the night after starting at mid-afternoon. The second set alone lasted 104 minutes.

Djokovic was the winner, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3, but New York still loves 2021 champion Medvedev.


At 36, the oldest U.S. Open men’s champion ever, Djokovic obviously has a special place in his heart for the number four. It’s the number of times he has won this tournament and the 24th time he has won a Grand Slam title.

The number 24 also was displayed prominently on the white jacket. Novak, his team members and family wore for the victory celebration as a tribute to the No. 24 jersey of deceased friend Kobe Bryant.

Djokovic lost his footing at least three times in the tight second set, stumbling to the surface once, apparently due to the length of the rallies.

Djokovic could look like he was almost completely wiped out of it physically one minute, and then play like Superman the next minute.


Both men played great tennis, especially in the thrill-a-second second set in which Medvedev gained one set point in the 12th game before Djokovic recovered to force a tiebreaker.

Medvedev appeared to be in charge after out-playing Novak to win one of his drop shots to take a 5-4 lead in the tiebreaker. The match may have been decided on the next three points, all won by Djokovic on errors by the 6-6 Russian.

The big question now is what happens next January in the Australian Open. Right now, Djokovic probably wants to play . . . and win what has been his favorite tournament as far as success. But things can change quickly for players in their mid-30s. Just ask Roger or Rafa.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at

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