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Old 02-14-2012, 01:30 PM   #16
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Default Re: What is stopping Berdych from becoming a Top 4?

At least, four reasons.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:32 PM   #17
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Just mentally not strong enough. And volleying - you know what I mean.
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:38 PM   #18
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Dunno about the going to the net more. Often gets burned badly by passing shots. Also funny to say "his volleying is crap" when the slow ass courts often allows the opponent to take a full swing and send a rocket that becomes very hard to control.
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Dunno about the going to the net more. Often gets burned badly by passing shots. Also funny to say "his volleying is crap" when the slow ass courts often allows the opponent to take a full swing and send a rocket that becomes very hard to control.
They are all playing on the same slow courts; Berdych's are noticeably worse.
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Because top 4 are better.
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Dunno about the going to the net more. Often gets burned badly by passing shots. Also funny to say "his volleying is crap" when the slow ass courts often allows the opponent to take a full swing and send a rocket that becomes very hard to control.

What holds him back is his movement and his consistency. Maybe also should buy a Djokovic egg and add 10+15 more ball bounces so he doesn't have those walkabout service games where he can't get a FS in to save his life/serves 2 DFs.

But his path to victory is definitely controlling the baseline rallies. Going to the net more is suicidal with fluff balls and slow courts. He should only do it when he got the opponent pushed way back

Yes volleying is harder than it was 10 or so years ago but some of his misses at the net leave you speechless. A man with his frame should be able to cover the net pretty well also. He can't beat the likes of Nadal and Djokovic from the back. He needs to improve his net game.
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Djokovic
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Federer
Murray

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Birdshit is a mediocre player that owes his high
Ranking to a weak top ten.
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Because he isn't good enough.
Exactly this.

Berdych is a solid Top 10 player but he isnt Top 4 material in consistency. And consistency is key to be a top dog. All of the top 4 are better than him. It doesnt matter if he is comparable "at his best". On the average, he is not good enough.
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His volleying isn't actually that bad by today's standards, even though it was crap against Nadal. He's too error-prone, too slow, too choking, has an attackable 2nd serve, & lacks the X-factor, the creativity or vision, to make up for these deficiencies.
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Still not strong enough mentally. That was the most deficient element of his AO match against Nadal. If he hadn't made silly errors or gotten tight on the truly decisive points, he'd have won the match. Watching him on his set points was truly painful. Presumably, his general inconsistency can also be attributed to the space in between his ears.
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Hard to tell, mostly top 4 guys are too consistent and good on slams- get most points, but Berdych is up there with Tsonga - 2 guys i can imagine to crack top 4 if anyone can they can - i mean from guys that never did it, Delpo and Soderling already had career hign No.4. In Tsonga´s case he is limited by clay, where he won´t get many points, but Berdych is great everywhere, he can play on any HC-slow, fast, indoor-outdoor, grass suits him and he is also good on clay. Consistency is first key- he was consistent last year and now he is too, we will see if he continue this way, and than top 4 guys, he just need to beat them in slams, Masters to get points where they can´t to get confidence- that´s the key, game-wise when Berdych is ,,on,, he is dangerous for anybody, big serve, big FH, even good net game when he is playing great, agressive tennis, he has the tools we will see.
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