No miracle cure says bouncing Czech Berdych

Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:17pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

LONDON (Reuters) - Knock him down and one thing is certain about Tomas Berdych at the ATP World Tour Finals -- he will bounce right up again.

The 29-year-old Czech has qualified for the year-ending showpiece beside the River Thames five years in succession and each time he has lost his opening match.

On Monday he crashed 6-1 6-1 to Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka but, true to form, he rebounded to win his second group match at the 02 Arena on Wednesday, outclassing Marin Cilic 6-3 6-1.

Just as his opening match record is lamentable, albeit his tormentors have been Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Wawrinka twice, his second match record now reads 5-0.

So what transformed the world number seven from a pussycat to a tiger in the space of two days?

"I think that's the beauty of this event," he told reporters after keeping alive his hopes of claiming a semi-final spot with a top-two finish in Group A.

"One day you can be swept out from the court like I was and in two days' time you can come up and play different tennis.

"Basically there were no miracles in that time in between the matches. I just had a good practice session yesterday, good rest, refocused again, and ready to go for another match."   Continued...

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic celebrates winning his tennis match against Marin Cilic of Croatia at the ATP World Tour finals at the O2 Arena in London November 12, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett