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He has the Talent

He is Brave

He is physically fit

What is stopping him?

Is it the Slow Courts? Is it the Top 4? Is it his Mental Ineptitude?

What is it?

To be honest, its been a while since i saw Berdych play. I,like most of the ones here, used to think its his lack of Mental toughness that is hurting him but then i saw him play in AO. he was quite good. I think the Slow courts are hurting him. He was hitting three or four winners against Nadal only to be returned back to him.

Has the Slow Courts been unfair to players like Berdych. I think it has been.
 

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3 things:

1. lack of consistency
2. lack of optimal movement
3. lack of a more dominating serve


he can compensate for some of his deficiencies if he can develop a far more dominating serve. that goes a long way.

top players move better and they are simply more consistent. he is also terrified of the net. no harm in going forward and giving them different looks. you should be able to go in when you get or create those opportunities.
 

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He is maybe fit at the moment, but it's not always the case, didn't he have to retire a couple of times last year? And too incosistent... when it goes in, he looks awesome, when it doesn't it's another story :p
 

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First 2 sets in Australia vs Nadal showed that he can keep up with Nadal playing near his best (lets be honest, that was by far Nadal's best match in absolute ages). But he just isn't consistent enough and yes, the slow courts have been unfair on him.

Either way he's had a good start to the year and if he continues like this then maybe it will happen. I mean it's all starting to fall into place, 2010 was a year of great results, 2011 of consistency, so now it's a matter of just putting it together, also helps that in the head he's a lot better mentally now too. Serve has improved a lot too, finished the last 2 years in the top 5 of 1st service points won, only other player that achieved that too is Federer. Is also currently number 1 in first service points won for this year.

As for the top 4 stopping him, I don't think so. As much as I like Murray I think Berdych at his best is better.
 

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Because he isn't good enough.
 

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His volleying is crap. Crap is a strong word so I will say his volleying is average. It cost him the match against Nadal. He will never move like the guys in the top 4. Mentally he can never match or keep up with Nadal, Federer and the Djoker. The courts are not helping his game. He has to hit 2 or 3 winners in order to get a point against speed merhants like Nadal. He is pretty much screwed as things stand. The best he can hope for is reaching the last 8 or last 4 in the truly big events. He can spring a surprise here and there but he can never truly disturb the top guys frequently just like Tsonga.
 

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His volleys and his mind :facepalm:
He is a very dangerous player
 

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His reluctance to shake hands with his opponents.
 

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His volleying is crap. Crap is a strong word so I will say his volleying is average. It cost him the match against Nadal. He will never move like the guys in the top 4. Mentally he can never match or keep up with Nadal, Federer and the Djoker. The courts are not helping his game. He has to hit 2 or 3 winners in order to get a point against speed merhants like Nadal. He is pretty much screwed as things stand. The best he can hope for is reaching the last 8 or last 4 in the truly big events. He can spring a surprise here and there but he can never truly disturb the top guys frequently just like Tsonga.
On the contrary crap is not a strong enough word. Other than his exploitable movement (which he can get around with his huge power game if he stays ahead in the points) his lack of variety, particularly at net really hurts him. Sometimes those few points here and there make all the difference in a match.

His return game can be a little depressing at times, as well.
 

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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
 

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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.
This.
 

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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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