Beaten Berdych says he faces mission impossible now

Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:29am EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Czech Tomas Berdych said he was facing "mission impossible" after being on the end of a 6-1 6-1 thrashing by Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals on Monday.

Fall guy Berdych lasted only 58 minutes on the O2 Center Court as he slipped to the heaviest defeat at the elite year-end tournament since it arrived in London in 2009.

The 29-year-old will now almost certainly have to beat world number one Novak Djokovic, and U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals.

"I'm in the worst possible situation that I can ever be," Berdych told reporters. "I'm going to face Marin or Novak and the only chance to qualify is to beat them, it's almost a mission impossible."

Berdych, a semi-finalist in London three years ago, can take some comfort from the fact that the previous four times he has qualified for the tournament, he also lost his opening match.

His record in his second round-robin match is 4-0 though.

"I've just got to come up with some better tennis," he said.

"Unfortunately, it was my worst match of the whole season today, and I kept it for the start here in the World Tour Finals. So that's not the best one at the start."   Continued...

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic hits a return during his men's singles tennis match against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth