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Monday , December 31 , 2012
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I am living a dream: Berdych

Calcutta: World No.6 Tomas Berdych is the highest ranked player participating in Aircel Chennai Open 2013 that boasts of a superb field with other top names such as World No.9 Janko Tipsarevic, World No.15 and two-time champion Marin Cilic, and World No.17 Stanislas Wawrinka.

On his second visit to play in Chennai, Berdych arrives on the back of a very impressive year with two tournament victories and a third consecutive year at ATP World Tour finals. “It feels just great. I’ve had a terrific season in 2012 and it has been just amazing, especially to win the Davis Cup final in Prague!” said the 27-year-old describing the year that has gone by.

One of the highlights of 2012 for Berdych was winning the 2012 Hopman Cup for the Czech Republic with doubles partner Kvitová. A passionate Czech, who loves to play for his nation, Berdych was thrilled with the achievement. “It feels just great because I really like to play team events for my country. What’s more, we are the only country to win the Hopman Cup, Fed Cup and Davis Cup in one year!” a media release quoted him as saying.

It has definitely been an amazing year for him. More like a dream that has come true in his words. Though he might not have idols in real life, he loves and believes in something Michael Jordan once said, “I always take the last shot myself not because I believe I will make it but because I want my destiny in my own hands.”

Known to be a dangerous player especially on grass, the hard-hitting World No.6 is known for his clean game and ability to play well on different surfaces throughout the world. It is not easy to keep a top 10 ranking but Berdych has not just maintained it but hopes to move higher during the forthcoming season. With a clear strategy to be consistent, he has impressed the world with his talent.

“I feel my career is moving in the right direction and really want to improve my current ranking and try to fight for a Grand Slam crown”, he said.

Berdych’s confesses that beating World No.2 Roger Federer twice at a Grand Slam is incomparable. “It is always a special moment to play against this legend,” he exclaimed.

He is back in Chennai to start his season with a tournament he feels is very well organised. “I’ve played in Chennai and had a good start to the season. I hope to do the same this year and maybe better my last performance and make the crowds happy”, he said describing his last visit to the Indian tennis capital.