Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Re: Has Tomas' game improved since he dumped Lucie?
Whatever the reason, the improvements are clear. Let's hope he keeps it up...
That said, he was always one of the best on very fast surfaces, so his great from this week isn't that surprising.
He is one of the most harmed by this era's generally slow conditions. The tennis he showed today vs Del Potro, he can't show it in slow surfaces because he can't hit through the courts vs top players and tends to get frustrated and start spraying errors. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't even reach Nadal next week in Rome and got routined by Del Potro when they face in a slower court, where he can't finish points off so easily. Berdych's career has been great, especially considering his game is not suited at all to the current conditions.
It is really a shame there's not more variety in surfaces. Tomas would definitely thrive in very fast surfaces, as would for instance Tsonga. First strike tennis is his biggest strength, which gets nullified by most of the current courts. As a fan, I'd just love for him to redline his game for two weeks and get a Slam before he's done, at Wimbledon or USO (who are faster than RG and AO).
For now, would like to see him crack the #5. A player like him deserves to have been in the world top 5 at least once in his career.
Last edited by Mark Lenders; 05-12-2012 at 10:08 PM.