Tomas Berdych to announce his retirement at the WTF on Saturday

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
An illustrious career, one of the greatest players to never win a slam. Won the 2005 Paris Masters, 13 career titles, made the 2010 Wimbledon final with wins over Federer and Djokovic but lost to Nadal. Reached #4 in the world and twice led the Czech Republic to a Davis Cup victory and once to a Hopman Cup victory. Made the SF at all 4 slams

Here’s to Tomas Berdych!

What’s your Berdych career highlight?
 

Flash O'Groove

Hall of Fame
An illustrious career, one of the greatest players to never win a slam. Won the 2005 Paris Masters, 13 career titles, made the 2010 Wimbledon final with wins over Federer and Djokovic but lost to Nadal. Reached #4 in the world and twice led the Czech Republic to a Davis Cup victory and once to a Hopman Cup victory. Made the SF at all 4 slams

Here’s to Tomas Berdych!

What’s your Berdych career highlight?
His quarter final defeat to Nadal at the AO 2012 is the best I have seen of him, it was a great match.
 

junior74

G.O.A.T.
Berdych with Simon's brain would have been a monster. I've always liked his game a lot. Especially the version that came to the net.

Berdych pushed untouchable 2015 Novak in MC and Paris, but the Berdych brain faltered in key moments.

Beating Djokovic and Federer back to back in Wimbledon is not for everybody, no?
 

tennis_pro

Bionic Poster
His peak level was scary, just didn't bring it often enough. Really knew how to play Federer and Murray in 2009-2013, could score the rare upset vs Djokovic or Nadal and consider that that could easily be the toughest 5-year period in ATP history. Beat every member of the big 4 in a Slam - Fed twice, bageled Nadal at the AO.

Overall very underrated due to his h2h records vs Nadal and Djokovic.

Also pretty enjoyable to watch when he was in form, he hit a very clean ball.
 
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NatF

Bionic Poster
though better to have extreme high and lows than being a consistent meh all the time like Daveed
Just in jest man, Berdy had a good career - 13 career titles seems quite low for a player like him, he had some big wins in his career. Sad that he's not retiring on his own terms.

I scrolled down to post that "In before someone posts Goffin match image with score" only to realize you have already posted it.
Any thread of Berdych is incomplete without this visual.
First thing I thought of :laughing:
 

MurraysMetalHip

Hall of Fame
Sorry to say it, but his retirement will be met with a shrug of my shoulders. The biggest underachiever in tennis history for my money, and I have long since given up on thinking he might prove me wrong.

On the plus side, he’ll have a lot more spare time to entertain his lovely lady.
 

Lew II

G.O.A.T.
Sad he's retiring before he's even peaked. 'Experts' are saying players today peak in their 30s. Birdy what are you doing??
Maybe his best tennis is not enough anyomore. He used to be maybe the biggest hitter in the early 10s. Now there's Zverev, Tsitsipas, Thiem, Berrettini, Khachanov...

Or maybe he lost motivation after a good career and tons of money.

It's not all about age.
 

Krish0608

Legend
Will miss Birdman. Such clean strokes, easy power and crushing groundies. He joins Nalbandian as one of the most talented players to have not won a slam. Coincidentally, both men reached Wimbledon finals and laid an egg. An illustrious, but disappointing career.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
Will miss Birdman. Such clean strokes, easy power and crushing groundies. He joins Nalbandian as one of the most talented players to have not won a slam. Coincidentally, both men reached Wimbledon finals and laid an egg. An illustrious, but disappointing career.
To be fair, Berdych was dealt a tough deck of cards. Having to beat all the Big 3 in consecutive matches is pretty much an impossible task. And he is the only one who came close.
 

ibbi

Legend
It's so sad when you see a career just sputter out like that, especially from so big and regular a name in the game for so long. Hope he has a happy retirement with that wife of his.

Highlights would undoubtedly be the summer of 2010. That career best run to the Roland Garros semis ending in that epic, among the best of the decade clashes with Soderling, and then the run to the Wimbledon final knocking off two of the big three back to back, including ending Federer's run of consecutive Wimbledon finals.

Honourable mention to when he wound up Rafa and all of Madrid alllllllll the way back in 2005.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
I would not even put him in the 10 best players to never win a slam honestly. From his era alone I would put Davydenko and Nalbandian ahead for sure, and possibly Tsonga and/or Ferrer too. In history Miloslav Mecir, Todd Martin, Alex Corretja, Marcelo Rios, and probably Tommy Haas would be higher just off the top of my head.
Eh.

Haas: never made a slam final and never made more than one slam SF in a single year (only made 4 in his whole career).
Davydenko: also never made a slam final, won more titles but never beat any of the big 3 at a slam.
Nalbandian: less titles than Berdych, almost less than HALF the career wins of Berdych too.
Rios: May have gotten to #1 but never made a SF outside of RG. Also almost less than half the career wins of Berdych.
Corretja: also never made a slam SF anywhere but RG (never went past the 2R at Wimbledon and 3R of the AO!!!)

Tsonga and Ferrer are definitely up there and I don't have time to discuss the rest but Berdych is definitely "at least" top 10 best players to never win a slam. His longevity alone is impressive. Slam QF's ranging from 2007-2018. Slam SF's from 2010-2017. First title in 2004, last in 2016.
 

Sephiroth

Hall of Fame
I've come to appreciate Berdych more after witnessing the Next Gen and he was going up against much stronger versions of the Big 3 in the first half of 2010s.

May the sweet prince rest up now and bang his hot wife daily.
 
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