Berdych in bullish mood

Djokovic reckons Czech can trouble world number one

Last updated: 3rd July 2010  

Berdych in bullish mood

Berdych: first Grand Slam final

Tale of the tape

Nadal / Berdych
Age: 24 / 24
Height: 6ft1in / 6ft 5in
Weight: 13st6lb / 14st4lb
Seeding: 2 / 12
Career prize money: £20.8m / £4m
Grand Slam titles: 7 / 0
Grand Slam finals: 9 / 0
ATP titles: 40 / 5
Head to head wins: 7 / 3

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Tomas Berdych insists he will not be intimidated by Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Wimbledon final.

The 12th-seeded Czech is a big underdog against the world number one, who swept British hope Andy Murray aside in an impressive straight-sets victory in the semi-finals.

The Spaniard is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, while Berdych will be playing in his first slam final, but despite the odds looking stacked against him, the world number 13 is in confident mood.

And he has reason to be after beating reigning champion Roger Federer and new world number two Novak Djokovic in his last two matches.

"Rafa has experience of grand slam finals, unlike me, so I will just try to concentrate on myself and keep playing my tennis," said Berdych.

Berdych has produced the best tennis of his career to reach his maiden slam final and hopes to succeed where even Ivan Lendl failed, by becoming only the second man from the Czech Republic to win the Wimbledon crown.

Berdych, who has the chance to emulate Jan Kodes' victory from the strike-hit tournament of 1973, has lost his last six meetings with Nadal, including a straight-sets defeat in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2007, but is in the form of his life.

He kick-started his career in March in Miami, where he beat three top-10 players in a row including Federer, and his big breakthrough came in the French Open last month when he reached his first grand slam semi-final.

Positive

"I'm quite happy that it's quite soon after Paris," said Berdych after his 6-3 7-6 6-3 win against Djokovic. "The memories from there are still really fresh.

"I just took all the positive things from Paris and showed that I learned from those experience. It worked pretty well."

Berdych, who had not managed to win a set off Djokovic in their two previous meetings, was in impressive control throughout their semi-final.

The 23-year-old Serbian certainly thinks Berdych has what it takes to trouble Nadal. "He played a great match and a great tournament," said Djokovic. "He's just a better player today.

"If he plays the way he played against me and Federer, he definitely has chances."

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