Berdych - Nadal blew me away

Beaten finalist admits Spanish sensation was too strong

Last updated: 4th July 2010  

He was really good. He was so strong. The biggest difference between us was that when he got a chance he just took it

Tomas Berdych.
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Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych confessed he stood no chance of beating Rafael Nadal in the Spaniard's current form.

The 12th seed was swept aside by the world number one 6-3 7-5 6-4 on Sunday in a final the Czech player never looked like winning.

Berdych had enjoyed impressive victories over six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and third seed Novak Djokovic en route to the Centre Court showpiece, but the 24-year-old had no answer to Nadal's potent combination of power and poise.

And the soon-to-be world number eight conceded his Spanish opponent played the big points better and deserved his second crown at the All England Club.

"He was really good. He was so strong. The biggest difference between us was that when he got a chance he just took it," said Berdych, who was competing in his first grand slam final.

"He gave me one chance in the second set and one in the third set and I couldn't get a break on any of them.

"That just show how strong he is. He is moving really well and can play with a lot of spin, which helps him make almost no mistakes.

"And on top of that he can play more aggressive on the faster court here on the grass. It just makes him really dangerous."

Disappointed

In the space of a month, Nadal has taken Federer's world number one ranking, as well as his Wimbledon title and Berdych has no doubts about who is the better player at present.

"You can see the differences when they play each other," he said. "You can see it in the rankings."

Berdych, the first Czech to play in the Wimbledon men's final since Ivan Lendl in 1987, had hoped to claim another famous scalp following those wins over Federer and Djokovic.

But he found it impossible to establish any kind of control on the match and was left to reflect on what he can learn from the experience.

After losing in the French Open semi-finals to Robin Soderling last month, Berdych was able to go one step further here and the Czech is keen to use this disappointment to fire his bid to win a major final in the future, with the US Open next on the calendar.

"Right now of course I'm disappointed," Berdych said. "It was my first final and it could have gone better than this.

"But it has given me a lot of experience. I hope I can use this experience like I did when I lost in the French Open semi-finals.

"When I got to the semis again here I went through. If I can do it the same with the final that would be great."

Emotional experience

Berdych looked slightly overwhelmed by the occasion for long periods and he admitted it had been an experience unlike any other in his life.

"It's really an experience just to go on court, step out there and play my first final in a Grand Slam," he said.

"It's just such an emotional experience and so different to any other match. The only way I can improve and be better is to play more of these matches.

"Especially I need to play Rafa more because his biggest weapon is his left hand. There's not many players like that.

"It's really tough to find the right rhythm. But with more matches against him I have the feeling that I can do better in the future.

"Right now I'm climbing higher and higher. But still it can go little bit more. I just need more tournaments and more matches."