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Tomas Berdych - Czech Republic
Valasske Mezirici, Czech
Monte Carlo, Monaco
6'5\ (196 cm)"
200 lbs (91 kg)
Year Turned Pro:
Youtek Graphene Instinct MP Tennis Racquet
HEAD Tour Team Monstercombi Tennis Bag
On the Court
Turned pro in 2002, playing all Challenger and Federation level events, starting the season ranked 1,379 and ending it 407th. After winning Graz on the Challenger circuit in August of 2003, received a wild card to the US Open and won his first ATP match, defeating No. 79 Tomas Behrend in four sets. Lost to No. 41 Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round. Started 2004 by reaching the second round of the Australian Open where he lost to No. 4 Andre Agassi in straight sets, his first match against a Top 10 player. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, shocked world No. 1 Roger Federer in the second round, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to American Taylor Dent. The push allowed him to move up to No. 68 in the world, and he followed it up with a trip to the fourth round of the US Open, upsetting two players inside the Top 40. Recorded his first ATP title at Palermo later that month, defeating Filippo Volandri in the final to rise to No. 36 in the world. Did not win his first match of 2005 until early February, and was on the verge of falling out of the Top 50 until he reached the third round at Wimbledon. The confidence built as he raced to the finals of Bastad, falling to No. 3 Rafael Nadal after taking the first set off the Spaniard. Followed that by reaching the Stuttgart quarterfinals and the Washington D.C semifinals to rise to a career-best No. 33. Backslid to No. 55 before recording his biggest win to date at the Paris Masters 1000. Starting from the second round, Berdych defeated players ranked 7th, 19th, 11th, 14th and 10th to win the title, knocking off Ivan Ljubicic 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4 in the finale to end the year 34-29. Started 2006 ranked No. 24 and kept the momentum going with a trip to the Adelaide semifinals. Cracked the top 20 that spring when he reached the third round of the Rome Masters. Surged to No. 14 by reaching the final at Halle, losing to Federer, then attained the Top 10 with a semifinal trip at the Madrid Masters that saw him best No. 6 Andy Roddick and No. 2 Nadal. Despite not winning a title in 2006, he finished the year with a 48-24 record and more than $900,000 in prize money. Won his third career title at Halle in June of 2007, defeating Marcos Baghdatis in the final. Followed that with his first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance, losing to Nadal in the round of eight at Wimbledon to rise back to No. 10 in the world. Briefly rose to No. 9 after Cincinnati and finished the season just outside of the Top 10 with a 46-24 record and more than $1 million in earnings. Took a step back in 2008 with a 35-22 record. Missed a month of action after retiring due to injury during a marathon Davis Cup quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko. Highlights included making the Miami Masters semifinals and winning Tokyo over Juan Martin Del Potro. Had fallen to No. 28 in the world before breaking through to win Munich in May of 2009. Ended the year 36-26 with one title. Enjoyed a massive breakout campaign in 2010 despite not winning a single title. In back-to-back tournaments, reached the Indian Wells semifinals (losing to No. 3 Nadal) and the Miami final - defeating No. 1 Federer in the fourth round and No. 7 Robin Soderling in the semifinals. The push continued at Roland Garros where he reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating No. 4 Andy Murray in the fourth round in straight sets before falling to Soderling. Took most of the next month off, but it was well worth it as he made his first Grand Slam final appearance at Wimbledon. After barely escaping upset at the hands of No. 70 Denis Istomin in the third round, he shocked the world by thrashing Federer, then ranked No. 2 and the six-time champion, in a four-set quarterfinal. Not done yet, Berdych followed with a straight-set victory over No. 3 Djokovic before falling to Nadal in the final. He climbed to No. 8 in the world with the win, pulling more than $1 million between Wimbledon and the French Open. Despite being upset in the first round of the US Open, he made the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time, going 1-2 in round-robin play and finishing the year ranked No. 6. Proved 2010 was no fluke by going 53-23 in 2011 and staying in the Top 10 all year. Made at least the quarterfinals of 16 tournaments, including a semifinal trip at Cincinnati where he upset Federer again, and a tournament title at Beijing in October. In his second go-round at the Barclays, he won his round-robin group with a 2-1 record before falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals. Enjoyed career highs in wins (61), titles (2) and prize money ($2.936 million) in 2012. Took the title at Montpellier early in the season and reached the finals of the Madrid Masters. Enjoyed his best performance ever at the US Open, continuing to play Federer's nemesis by beating the No. 1 Swiss in four sets in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champ Murray in the semifinals, to move up to No. 6 in the world. Won Stockholm in October, defeating Tsonga in the final. After going 1-2 at the Barclays, helped the Czech Republic to the Davis Cup final, going 1-1 in singles play in his country's loss to Spain.
Grand Slam Titles:
Year-End Singles Rankings:
2012: 6 2011: 7 2010: 6 2009: 20 2008: 20 2007: 14 2006: 13 2005: 24 2004: 45 2003: 113 2002: 398
Off the Court
Is the son of Martin, a train engineer, and Hana, a doctor. Began playing tennis at age 5, and won the Czech Republic junior titles for 12-and-under, 14-and-under and 16-and-uner. Is a big hockey fan and follows the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL.
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