A favorite darkhorse selection Tomas Berdych knows the obstacles that are in front of him to win his first Grand Slam title this month at the Australian Open, and it’s daunting. The Czech, who’s twice finished in the quarterfinals the last two years in Australia, concedes that winning a Slam is no easy feat especially in this one of the greatest eras of men’s tennis.
“If you want to win the slam, you have to beat at least three of them, then it’s really tough,” Berdych said after defeating Michael Rusell yesterday.
“That’s how it is. Today’s tennis is really, really strong. I think we were in the best era of our sport ever. That’s how it is,” he added. “I think we all try our best to, you know, break that huge barrier in front of us.”
Berdych was close to second Grand Slam final in New York last September after stunning Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. But Tomas lost to Andy Murray in the semis.
“I beat one guy,” Berdych said. “Then there was another waiting. In the final was another one, as well.”
Berdych won’t have to worry about those “guys” until next week in Melbourne. He’ll play Frenchman Guillaume Rufin on Wednesday in the second round.
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