No miracle cure says bouncing Czech Berdych
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...