At nearly two metres tall, world number seven Tomas Berdych towers over his competition. He also is a good chance to upset that ever-reigning duo, Nadal and Djokovic at the 2014 Australian Open. Despite an early exit in the first round of December’s Qatar Open, Berdych has made the quarter finals of the Australian Open the past three years and is hopeful for a big 2014. Here, the 28 year-old opens up about separating the Bryan brothers, his pre-match rituals and whether or not he could be beaten by Serena Williams.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
I wouldn’t say it’s a ritual but I like to keep doing the same things. It’s more of a routine which I do before every single match. I have a warm up, some breakfast and then I go to have a hit on the court and prepare myself and my body for the match. The thing that I like is to have an order for those things so I always do them the same. You feel good and relaxed.
Who would be your dream doubles partner, dead or alive?
That’s a pretty good question…It would be very interesting to separate one of the Bryan brothers because I’ve never seen them play with someone else. That would be…interesting (laughs).
If you weren’t a tennis player what would you be doing?
It’s always very hard to answer because since I was a kid from five, six years old I’ve been successful, so you never think about what you would do other than tennis. I don’t know….
That could be interesting maybe! Ok, why not?
What would be the score line in a match between you and Serena Williams?
Alright (laughs). I am not good at guessing scores but I have a story…when I was 14 years old I used to practice with Martina Hingis at the time when she was number one. There was a day that we practiced and she wanted to play some games, it was in December in the off-season, because she prepared in the same place as I did. I won 6-3, 6-4. Then she came here to Australia and she won. So…that gives you some kind of idea about the difference between the men’s and women’s tennis (laughs).
What’s your favourite sports movie?
I would like to see Rush. I haven’t had time yet, but I heard it’s pretty good and I like racing. I have high hopes for that movie.