Berdych Completes Wimbledon Quarter-Final Slate
Veteran Berdych will face 22-year-old Pouille
Tomas Berdych won a one-set decider on Tuesday to complete the quarter-final line-up at The Championships.
“It was not really a position I would like to be, especially last night. But the important [thing] was that I was able to erase it from my mind very quickly, get a good night's sleep, and come back strong again to finish the last set,” Berdych said. “I think that's all the experience that I have. That's what really gets me through this.”
Having regrouped overnight, Berdych won eight of the first 10 points to take a 2-0 lead in the fifth set. Vesely fought hard by striking powerful and deep groundstrokes to break to 30 for 3-3. But Berdych, the 2010 finalist, held his nerve to break in the seventh and ninth games.
“I didn't start well,” Vesely said. “I was a little bit nervous from the beginning on.”
The 22 year old still completed his best performance at a Grand Slam championship by making the fourth round. “If someone would tell me before the tournament that I would play in the last 16, I would take it for sure,” he said. “There are a lot of positive things that happened in the past few weeks, past few days actually. I really can't be too sad. I just have to take the positive things out of that tournament and try to keep it for the upcoming weeks.”
“I'm going to try to stick with my game, try to play with what I know the best, try to dictate. That's it. I mean, there are not many secrets behind it,” Berdych said. “Just being very focused from the first point till the last.”