ATP World Tour Finals 2013: Tomas Berdych Season Review

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Tomas Berdych will appear for the fourth consecutive time at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Grand Slam Results
Australian Open: QF
French Open: 1R
Wimbledon: QF
US Open: 4R

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Tomas Berdych’s (Player Profile) season has been a bit of an odd one. Despite being the only participant to not win a title this year and the only one not to make at least a semi final at a grand slam this year, he finds himself comfortably qualified as the no.5 seed in the tournament due his consistency – especially on hard courts.

Up until the clay season, Berdych was a quarter finalist or better in each of his tournaments to that point. He failed to take advantage of a weak Chennai field, losing to Roberto Bautista-Agut in the quarter finals before seeing his Australian Open run ended by eventual winner Novak Djokovic.

His first final of the year came in Montpellier where he would play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. From a set down, the Frenchman fought back to defeat Berdych 3-6 7-6 6-4. On the way to a second straight final in Dubai, Berdych continued his good run against Roger Federer with a three set victory over the Swiss but Novak Djokovic would be the one to defeat him for the second time in three tournaments.

Rafael Nadal extended his lopsided head to head over Berdych in the Indian Wells semi final while in Miami, he will have been disappointed to have not made the semi final once more. After defeating Richard Gasquet in the former in straights the previous week, it was the Frenchman’s turn to seal a comfortable victory in two.

The clay season was a bit of a write off with early exits to Fabio Fognini and Tommy Robredo in Monte Carlo and Barcelona while he failed to convert vital break points in the Madrid semi final with Stanislas Wawrinka. A win over Novak Djokovic was the highlight of his clay season in Rome but he came crashing down to earth in Paris. Unfortunate enough to draw one of the toughest unseeded players in Gael Monfils, Berdych was dumped out of the tournament in round one.

For the third time on the year, Djokovic was responsible for sending Berdych home – this time at Wimbledon. He navigated a tough route to the quarter finals before falling in straights although he should feel disappointed to have not taken either of the first two sets in which he was well involved.

A lack of form post-Wimbledon led to disappointing losses to Thiemo de Bakker and Vasek Pospisil but Cincinnati showed a return to form with the highlight of a straight sets victory over Andy Murray but he could still not get over his Nadal troubles, losing in straights once more but at least kept it close with 7-5 7-6 loss.

After a semi final last year, Berdych was expected to challenge for a spot in the last four once more but he was outplayed by Stanislas Wawrinka after taking the first set in their fourth round meeting.

Milos Raonic ensured Berdych went 0-3 in finals in 2013 with a straight sets win in Bangkok. As expected, the match would offer little for the returner with just two break points on offer between the two players. A retirement in the Beijing semi final followed by an early exit to Nicolas Almagro in Shanghaimeant it was a far from ideal trip to China.

Despite losing in round one of Basel, Berdych sealed qualification that week instead of panicking and needing victories in Paris. He would win the first set of the quarter final with David Ferrer but was outlasted in three by the defending champion to end his regular season.

Alongside his tour play, he was also the head of the outstanding Czech Davis Cup team that made the final once more winning all three rubbers that he was required to play.

There is no doubt Berdych is capable of rubbing shoulders with the elite but failing to win a title all year along with his slam record suggest he is underachieving by far.

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