Berdych is so underrated.

#1
I don't think I've ever seen such easy power off both wings. How he's done so little in terms of making GS finals, MS finals or being top 5 ranking is beyond me. Sweetest strokes on the tour!
 
#5
He can beat anybody. He has the tools. Just not a "champions mind".
2010 Wimbledon - Berdych beats Federer & Djokovic back to back to reach the final. Can't beat Rafa. Is that some lack of 'champions mind'? Nobody has beaten ALL the Big 3 at the tail end of a slam. It's impossible.
 
#6
2010 Wimbledon - Berdych beats Federer & Djokovic back to back to reach the final. Can't beat Rafa. Is that some lack of 'champions mind'? Nobody has beaten ALL the Big 3 at the tail end of a slam. It's impossible.
It's been a number of years, and plenty of tournaments since then.
 
#7
Several matches stand out to me as 'woulda coulda' for Berdy.

2009 AO R16 - had Federer on the ropes up 2 sets and simply faded
2012 Madrid Final - again had Federer on the ropes and let go of the match
2018 AO QF - again Federer, he had multiple set points in the first set, would have been a VERY different match if he had taken the first set. Not saying he wins the match, but maybe he takes a big enough chunk out of Federer and Cilic wins the final.

It's interesting, there was a period when Berdy was beating Federer fairly regular from 2010-2013, but 5 years hence Federer has completely solved him.
 
#11
He has a wonderful game aesthetically. That forehand is just beautiful how smooth it is.
The downside to that though, is the lack of heaviness of both wings, and thus it being pretty easy for the opponent to deal with the shots.
 
#12
He has a wonderful game aesthetically. That forehand is just beautiful how smooth it is.
The downside to that though, is the lack of heaviness of both wings, and thus it being pretty easy for the opponent to deal with the shots.
Considering how many weeks in the top 10 Berdych has spent, his opponents have not had it 'pretty easy' over the years. Even the Big 3 have to bring their A-game usually to beat him.
 
#13
Considering how many weeks in the top 10 Berdych has spent, his opponents have not had it 'pretty easy' over the years. Even the Big 3 have to bring their A-game usually to beat him.
His game is good, up to a certain level, after which it’s too linear to really consistently make it to finals.
 
#14
Game is too one-dimensional, has a bad lateral movement (even for a tall guy), his groudstrokes are great when he has the time on them, but much worse on the run and he has one of the weakest minds on the tour.

Plus, his serve lets him down more often than you’d expect.
 
#15
He has the game to beat the big 3. The problem is that he doesn't have the legs to hang with the big 3 or 4. They can defend his shots but he can't defend anywhere as good as them when they are the aggressor in rallies.
 
#18
I don't like how this forum worships the Big 3 and ****s all over everyone else. You can't have an ATP Tour on those guys alone.
Literally the reason Berdych hasn’t won more IS because of the Big Three. That’s how great they are. This Berdych would have won slams in any other era, but cannot with these around.
 
#27
At his prime he was a solid top 10 and a threat in Slams (he has defeated every member of the Big 3 in Slams).

He is like Ferrer, but probably more talented.
 

Yoneyama

Professional
#30
I am a big Berdych fan, I love his forehand. His movement isn't as great as other players though and that is what has let him down. If he had better movement there is no doubt he could have been top 3.
 
#39
Main issues with Berdych (and these are terminal at the major level):

- very weak defence on slow courts
- rarely capable of endurance over 5 sets
- rarely capable of endurance over 2 weeks
- low margin for error (flat hitting)
His main issue is his movement ,he can hit great but get exposed against great defenders like Nadal and Djokovic. His record against both is horrible because of this .
 
#40
I love it when people say easy power about guys who are in supreme shape. There is nothing about Berdych's power that is easy. He's worked very hard to achieve his gladiatorial leg and core strength. Kyrgios? That's easy power.

All that said it's some of the cleanest, flattest stuff in this era and is intoxicating to watch, especially at court level.
 
#44
I love it when people say easy power about guys who are in supreme shape. There is nothing about Berdych's power that is easy. He's worked very hard to achieve his gladiatorial leg and core strength. Kyrgios? That's easy power.

All that said it's some of the cleanest, flattest stuff in this era and is intoxicating to watch, especially at court level.
Juegos FH and BH has power? Lol please
 
#48
Are you kidding me. The guy is the biggest whooping dog of the top guys in history. The Big 4 or Big 5 or whatever you call him have it super easy with him; even Wawrinka the weak link of the Big 5 have beaten him like 100 times in a row now; and he also usually loses and is clearly inferior to the best outside of that group like Del Potro, Cilic, Nalbandian, Davydenko, etc...

I even rate Tsonga and Ferrer higher than him since Tsonga was atleast more scary to the big dogs and has Masters wins, and Ferrer for being more consistent.
 

Jackuar

Hall of Fame
#49
Lately, his game has become too one-dimensional. There's no strategy, no mix ups, no variety. He's playing like any of the mug gen and lost gen, who simply smack ball and wait for the point to fall into their laps. His points construction is nearly nil. Simply serve, return the shots and hoping the guy on the other side will make an error. When he was owning Fed in 2010-2012-ish, he dictated play and that's how he beat Fed. He's forgotten how to dictate.
 
Top