Re: Tomas Berdych - Is It More Mental Than Movement Now?
It has always been mental, I really don't care how he moves. He was rising up the ranks 2005/2006, and then kind of just disappeared, reappeared for Wimbledon 2007, disappeared, tried to come in the picture several times against Federer, but then finally made the breakthrough in 2010 with that Federer win. Really, he has always had the game regardless of his movement. I mean look at Soderling. He isn't the greatest mover, but he has shown that mental strength is what is lacking with these big hitters. Yes, better movement helps, but Berdych doesn't want to be doing much moving anyways, he wants to be on the offensive which only can be successful when you are feeling it. Better movement should technically only win him a few extra points here and there, but nothing like a Djokovic, Nadal or Murray.
Yes, Berdych is prone to losing many cheap points because of his movement, but what tall big hitter isn't? Federer exploited the short angled backhand slice crosscourt to draw Berdych forward and make him bend low uncomfortably causing him to play a poor shot next, but Berdych honestly would place himself in many of those situations. What I think Berdych did really well in their Wimbledon 2010 was cutting off Federer's shots by coming into the net, which is something I don't think he did enough of at Madrid. When Federer slices that ball, it seems pretty predictable and Berdych was reading it very well at Wimbledon. However, in Madrid, he would let Federer play those shots and let them bounce causing Berdych to get into a bad position.
Federer / Haas / Safin / Gaudio / Kuerten / Youzhny / Nadal / Gonzalez / Ljubicic / Hewitt / Soderling / Wawrinka / Coria / Nalbandian / Kohlschreiber