Tomas Berdych – Time To Move Up

Player Profiles
By Ajay Singh, January 14th, 2011
Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

Big and strong, Tomas Berdych moved up 19 spots in the 2010 rankings.  Beginning the year ranked 25th, Berdych’s fortunes rose under the watchful eye of Tomas Krupa, his coach since 2009.  With a 262-168 career singles record, Berdych rode a string of successes to find himself as the sixth seed and very much in the thick of the run at the year’s first Grand Slam.

The Czech began playing tennis at age 5 and seems to have found a coach who recognizes the potential Berdych possesses.  Tomas now brings an even going, readiness to each match.  Owning a big serve and power game, Berdych has all the tools necessary to survive the grueling two week format of Grand Slams.

Berdych now has five career ATP titles and very quietly reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the finals at Wimbledon last year, knocking out defending champion Roger Federer along the way.  His ATP finals record stands at 5 –11.

Although Berdych failed to win a title in 2010, he competed more consistently than at any time in his career.  His finals appearance at Wimbledon and in Miami sparked his huge jump in the rankings.

More than that, Berdych has become a player the upper echelon would rather not see in their quarter brackets.  He is a comfortable competitor as an underdog.  It is that fight that marked his rise in fame and fortune in 2010, by far his most successful year on tour.

With five solid players in his path, Berdych will be hard pressed to move up this year.  In order to rise above Murray, Soderling and Djokovic, he will need to win against them.  To win a major, he will need to beat three of them in the same draw, no easy feat.  In addition to looking ahead, he will need to watch out behind because Juan Martin Del Potro is returning to the tour and the big Argentine has all the skills.

Hopefully Coach Krupa can impress upon his protégé that forward is the direction to go.  This is no time to rest on his 2010 accomplishments.  At 25, Tomas’ time has come.

Birth DateSeptember 17, 1985
ResidenceValasske Mezirici, Czech
Weight200 lbs
Year Turned Pro2002
Current Rank – Singles6
Current Rank – Doubles140
Career Prize Earnings$7,577,211
Year-To- Date – Earnings0
Grand Slam (Singles)0
Australian Open0
French Open0
Wimbledon 0
U.S. Open0
Grand Slam Doubles0


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