Wimbledon 2013: Tomas Berdych rues below-par performance
Wimbledon 2013: Tomas Berdych admits his performance was below-par after a straight sets loss to Novak Djokovic
Tomas Berdych admitted his performance was below-par after a straight-sets Wimbledon quarter-final defeat by Novak Djokovic on Thursday.
The seventh seed lost 6-7 (5), 4-6, 3-6 to the world number one, making 25 unforced errors and winning just 63 per cent of points on his first serve.
The Czech was a double-break up in the third set, however, but then lost six of his next seven games before being broken early in the third.
And Berdych concedes his performance was not up to scratch on the day – especially against a player capable of punishing the smallest of mistakes.
“It was all me,” 27-year-old Berdych said in his post-match news conference. “I didn’t start the game well [after going 3-0 up in the second set] with the new balls. I just started with a double-fault.
“Then the whole game was going bad. Once you give him [Djokovic] a chance, you know, he just took it back.
“I can play better than I played today. If you give him too much then it’s a lot. So you have to play really on the limit, playing really great to have a chance to beat him. That was not my case today.”
Berdych beat the Serb in straight sets the last time they met at Wimbledon in 2010 but the Czech feels a gulf in class has formed between the pair since.
“Three years is a long time,” he added. “Actually, I’m not following him, what he’s doing, what he’s practicing, how he is.
“But I think if you are following tennis a little bit you can see his improvement. He became world number one, won many slams and won many other tournaments.”
Djokovic will now face Juan Martin del Potro – the Argentine who beat him to third-place at the Olympics – in the semi-final and Berdych is wary of branding the Serb favourite for the title.
“I don’t know if you can call him the favourite,” Berdych added. “He is the top seed. Let’s see who is going to face him.
“Last time at the Olympics I think he lost to Del Potro. He has a tough one to go against.”