Tomas Berdych Blogs From Rogers Cup
by ATP Staff|
July 23, 2008
It was obviously disappointing to lose today. It’s always a bit challenging when you have delays because of rain and the schedule gets changed a few times.
I felt ready for the match, but Igor played very well. I’m pretty tired from the day, so I’m going to keep this entry short. But I’m going to still be in Toronto tomorrow, and will write more then.
Here is a photo of me playing pool during the rain delay.
July 22, 2008
Well, here I am in the training room with ATP Sports Medicine Trainer Christian Swier. The trainers are good guys and very understanding. During a massage players will often be talking with the trainers and the next thing you know they've drifted off to sleep. I hope Christian didn't take it personally today when I caught a little nap during the massage after my win over Jarkko Nieminen.
During a massage if I have a problem I'll talk to him about that, but if it's just a routine massage we'll talk about anything and swap stories. But at some point I like to close the eyes and relax and take a little sleep. Today James Blake was getting a massage next to me and was sleeping pretty hard... but at least he wasn't snoring :)
You can also see that I was checking my text messages on my phone. I'd just finished the match so I had some messages coming in from my girlfriend Lucy and my family. With the time difference back home they were close to going to sleep so I wanted to send a reply before too long. Lucy just said she was happy for the result and let me know that she had been at a barbecue today.
The number of messages that comes in after a match depends a lot on whether the match is on TV. Today we were on a small court and you could only follow the match on live scores, so I really only had four or five messages waiting for me. But if it's a Davis Cup match at home and I have won, the number can be really high. Once I got over 100 messages after a match.
Today my father watched the live scores of my match. He tries not to miss a point. If my match is on TV he will watch it even if it is late in the night. I think he even wakes up even if all he can do is watch the live scores tick over.
I got really lucky with the weather today. I practised as scheduled and then right at the end it started to rain. My match was second following Cilic and Dlouhy, who had to stop two or three times due to the rain. But I got through my match without any stoppages. There was some very light rain a couple of times but nothing hard enough to stop the match.
I didn't manage to find Dmitry today but I'll make it my mission to get some blogging tips from him.
Look out for my next post tomorrow.
July 21, 2008
It's good to be blogging from Toronto. But I don't want to get anyone's hopes up... I'm no Dmitry Tursunov :) I haven't had a chance to speak with him this week, but when I do he may have some tips he's willing to pass along!.
I'm here with a good group of Czech guys, including Radek Stepanek, Lukas Dlouhy and my coach Jaroslav Navratil. We've been playing some darts here in the player lounge, which was a good way to pass the time Sunday with all the rain. I don't want to start my first post by bragging, but I have to say that it was my day yesterday and I won all but one game. When we played as teams my coach wanted to play with me all the time! But today I started poorly in the morning and wasn't in the same shape as Sunday.
My coach has a few friends from the Czech Republic who came to visit us and I hadn't seen them since the last time I was here, so we talked about the news in Czech. I don't follow politics so there wasn't any talk about that. We have the world championships in orienteering and Czech won one gold and two silver. There was also a lot of talk about hockey and of course Jaromir Jagr - whether it's a good choice for him to go to Russia or stay in the NHL.
We also spent some time Sunday watching the final round of the British Open. I was hoping 53-year-old Greg Norman was going to win. To be in a position to win a major at that age is a fantastic effort.
I play Jarkko Nieminen in the first round tomorrow. He's a very nice guy and we've spent a lot of time on the tour together. Last year he also played in the Czech league and played for our team. Everyone was speaking Czech so I'm not sure how much he understood. He tried to speak a few words but Czech is one of the worst languages to learn, so it wasn't easy for him.
Thanks for reading my first post. Talk to you tomorrow, Tomas