Ahead of the ATP World Tour Finals, which will be played from 9 to 16 November, we come back on the season of each of the eight singles players who will take part in the Final Showdown, from number 8 to number 1.
6: Tomas Berdych
A year of consistency
Consistency. This is, perhaps, the word which best describes Tomas Berdych’s season… or the last five years. After all, the Czech has been in the top 10 without interruption since July 2010, and has qualified for the Final Showdown for the fifth consecutive time.
However, this year is not one that will go down in history. Berdych’s results were very good, with two titles (Rotterdam and Stockholm), and three lost finals (Dubai, Oeiras, and Beijing), but it was not spectacular. He reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, the quarter-finals at the French Open and the U.S. Open, and had average results in the Masters 1000. Nothing more.
In Paris, he came within mere points of defeating Milos Raonic to reach his first Masters 1000 final since Madrid 2012, but as it happens a bit too often, he was unable to give the last push to his performance.
We will see if London brings him the little extra that he needs in order to really get to the level to which his amazing talent deserves to aspire.
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