Originally Posted by skel1983
I was watching the match last night, and i was thinking Berdych needs alot of work on his game if he is to break the top 20 at least, from what i saw he is a bit of a head case, but his all court game is poor, he needs alot of work.
Obviously he has a devastating powerful game from the back of the court, but take him from his bread and butter ( the back of the court ) i thought he looked like a novice.
He has so much potential but i honestly believe he will waste this and will hover between 20-50 for the next few years, he needs to work on his strengths, he needs to shorten points, improve his net game, and he needs a bit more margin for error on his shots.
I am a big Murray fan but all things being equal Berdych has a better game, but it looks like he needs a new coach for me, it should of been a big year for him, but it has not happened. If he doesn't make big changes i feel his talent will go to waste.
What do you guys think??
While Berdych does have awesome groundstrokes and a huge serve, he doesn't look like a serious top 5 player. I know a lot of people predict a great future for Berdych but as you point out he has not improved on last year's breakthrough.
There is little in Berdych's results to suggest he will be in the top 10 next year and with the likes of Gasquet, Murray, Djokovic and Monfils all rushing towards the top 10 he may find it difficult to get past these players should they get there first.
Of the commonly mentioned young prospects Berdych and Verdasco appear the most likely to underperform. We have seen a lot of hit or miss players over recent years and few have made it into the top 10. Great shot making doesn't appear to be enough, it may produce outstanding victories but the mental side of the game is vital if you are to reach the top.
I disagree with the notion that he has a better game than Murray. Sure he can blast Andy off court but where is plan B? Murray has variety. He has big groundstrokes, drop shots, spins, can change the pace, serve and volley adequately, ask his opponent all types of questions. Murray looks top 5 material and a likely grand slam winner though probably not a dominant force like Federer etc.
In comparison Berdych will probably spend some time inside the top 10 and longer inside the top 20 but not be a regular contender for grand slam success. To do better than that he will have to learn to win matches when playing badly. Mentally he has a long way to go.
If you read Brad Gilbert's book Winning Ugly it isn't that difficult to understand why Berdych is struggling. Tennis is about using the percentages to gain an advantage - not about hitting the ball as hard as you can.