Berdych - More to come

Czech 12th seed thinks he can improve against Nadal

Last updated: 3rd July 2010  

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Tomas Berdych insists that he still has room for improvement after reaching the Wimbledon final with a straight-sets defeat of Novak Djokovic.

The powerful Czech claimed the scalp of the third seed in the semi-finals on Friday, two days after causing a sensational upset against six-time champion Roger Federer.

Berdych comfortably took the first set after Djokovic made an error-strewn start and then triumphed in a back-and-forth second-set tie-break to gain a stranglehold on the contest.

But the 12th seed still found some flaws in his performance, saying that he should not have let the second set go to a breaker.

"At least it's going to be eight or nine. I didn't play best tennis but I was playing what I needed to finish it in three sets. That's important," Berdych said.


"It shouldn't have gone to the tie-break because I was serving to close the set. I just made a couple of mistakes and lost my serve.

"Then again I had 6-3 up and gave some set points to Novak. I just made it a little more complicated.

"Finally I just made it on my side and then he started to be really, really down, I think more mentally than physically."

The 24-year-old will face world number one Rafael Nadal in his first grand slam final on Sunday, but Berdych is adamant he will not be overawed by the occasion or his opponent.

He added: "It's a great feeling. I'm just trying to enjoy today's victory and then tomorrow I'll get ready for the final.

Not done

"I'm still not done yet here - one more to go. That's why I'm here and why I'm trying to win every match.

"I'm playing well, feeling great, still healthy and I hope I have some energy still left there for the last one. I'm looking forward to the next one and definitely do not fear anybody."

Djokovic accepted that he did not deserve to progress to the final after his below-par display on Centre Court.

He said: "Nobody likes losing but the fact of the matter is that I didn't deserve to win today. It's just as simple as that.

"I congratulate my opponent because he was a better player. He played a great match and a great tournament. He's just a better player today on the court.

"When I had my chances, I didn't take them. I wasn't going for the shots too much. I was kind of waiting for him to make a mistake. I was wrong.

"I wasn't able to find the rhythm that I had in the last couple of matches."

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