Tomas Berdych’ search for his first title of the year goes on after a round two defeat to Simone Bolelli in St. Petersburg yesterday. Just over a week ago Berdych turned 30 years old and a first title of the year would have been a good birthday present for the Czech.
I’m a little bit undecided on how good Tomas’ year has been. On one side he has won 14 matches at the Grand Slams combined this year which is the second best result in his career and made the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the second year running but failed to get past the fourth round at the other three! His win/loss throughout the year is 45/16 so a ratio of 3 to 1 near enough which isn’t good enough for a top 5 player as he is currently ranked at 5 in the world.
What surprises me even more is since the start of 2009 he has only won 6 titles and didn’t win any in 2010, 2013 and is without one so far this year. He’s also been in three finals this year in Doha, Rotterdam and Monte Carlo but failed to win any of the tournaments!
Before the season began we saw him appoint Dani Valverdu a former coach of Andy Murray and of course a month or so later this prompted the Vallverdu v Mauresmo (Andy’s coach) in the press ahead of their meeting at the Australian Open and I was relieved Andy won because it felt like they were question her capabilities as a coach and if Berdych had won the press would have had a field day!
Overall I think Berdych has had good year but has underachieved. Take this week for example. I think he has lost too many matches in which he should be winning. I’m interested to see how he gets on at the World Tour Finals in London in November. He hasn’t officially qualified but should have enough to get there and previously he has only made the semi-finals once with just 6 wins in his 5 appearances there so far.