Tomas Berdych to announce his retirement at the WTF on Saturday

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
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.
I know Berdych hardly gets any love here but this is completely wrong. He reached a slam final, the semi of every other slam, beat the big three and Murray in slams and peak Federer at the olympics. Haas and Davydenko are not on this level and even less so Rios. I do not know why Rios is so unbelievably overrated here but apart from his sole slam final he never ever reached another semi and while Berdych beat the big three in slams, Rios’ biggest scalp were two wins against 98 Agassi outside of slams.
 

mike danny

Bionic Poster
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.
2006*
 

merwy

G.O.A.T.
Beautiful ground strokes. Clean and effortlessly powerful. If only he could play on defense a bit better. You usually know you’ve got him beat once he’s put a bit off balance.
Anyway, my favorite clip of his:


Never even saw the full match but I love these few points with the commentary.
 

Bender

G.O.A.T.
Now he can have all the wiener schnitzel he wants.

AO 2012 against Nadal was probably his best performance. Awesome to watch and also incredibly nerve-wracking.

Now with his retirement he can be overrated to compensate for the massive underrating he got on these boards.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
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.
There are some really talented players approaching the tail end of their careers but still playing that have also not won slams.

Monfils and Tsonga come to mind.
 
I know Berdych hardly gets any love here but this is completely wrong. He reached a slam final, the semi of every other slam, beat the big three and Murray in slams and peak Federer at the olympics. Haas and Davydenko are not on this level and even less so Rios. I do not know why Rios is so unbelievably overrated here but apart from his sole slam final he never ever reached another semi and while Berdych beat the big three in slams, Rios’ biggest scalp were two wins against 98 Agassi outside of slams.
Berdych and Davydenko are close, Rios should have been better than either but generally sucked in slams so I guess I have to agree on him.
 

Rafa24

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.
i think monfils is a bigger under achiever. he has great talent and athleticism. don't think he puts in the super hard yards like the very very top players do. he gets tired way too much in matches.
 

Enceladus

Legend
I'm sorry, that Tomas ends. Throughout his career, he had avoided injuries it was only in the last few years that his health problems had fully affected him.

He had a very good career interwoven with consistent results, his main desire, however, remained unfulfilled - attainment the grandslam title.

In 2012 and 2013, together with Radek Štěpánek, Berdych had a large share in the Czech team's victory in the Davis Cup. Berdych and Stepanek were the heart of the team and often played in men's doubles on the DC, where they were very successful. Unlike many other elite tennis players, Berdych represented regularly.

In 2013, at Davis Cup R1, Berdych took part in the longest doubles match in history and the second longest tennis match all-time, when he and Rosol won over Swiss pair Stan Wawrinka / Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7(3), 24-22. The match lasted 7 hours!

Finally, I wish Berdych all the best into new etap of his life!
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
Berdych and Davydenko are close, Rios should have been better than either but generally sucked in slams so I guess I have to agree on him.
Rios in general didn’t do much. He coincidently peaked during one of the weakest periods in 97-98. Had he beaten some ATGs in big matches preferably slams, like Safin and Nalbandian did, I could at least see some wasted talent. But as I said, his two biggest wins were against 98 Agassi, who was on his way back and way better than in 97 but still not exactly the Agassi we knew.
 
Surely the announcement he just made that he is going to announce his retirement on Saturday in fact constitutes an announcement of his retirement.
 
Rios in general didn’t do much. He coincidently peaked during one of the weakest periods in 97-98. Had he beaten some ATGs in big matches preferably slams, like Safin and Nalbandian did, I could at least see some wasted talent. But as I said, his two biggest wins were against 98 Agassi, who was on his way back and way better than in 97 but still not exactly the Agassi we knew.
I see, so beating ATGs is all that matters, right? Berdych, Tsonga, Raonic, even Stakhovsky and Anderson must be better grasscourters than Roddick, right? Unbelievable, isn't it.
 

Meles

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?
Why on earth are the letting him show his face again at the WTF?:sneaky:

 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
I see, so beating ATGs is all that matters, right? Berdych, Tsonga, Raonic, even Stakhovsky and Anderson must be better grasscourters than Roddick, right? Unbelievable, isn't it.
Not all that matters but it at least shows some kind of potential, which is why Nalbandian is generally held in higher regard than Ferrer. Anyways, it isn’t that Rios was particularly successful in general, at least not relative to what we are talking here (best player to never win a slam).
 
Berdych stats (hopefully mostly accurate).

13 ATP Titles, 19 runners-up
Winner of two Davis Cups
1 Masters title
3 time Masters runners-up
15 Masters SF
26 Masters QF
639 match wins

Record against the Big Four:
19-76 (20 percent)

Record against players who have been No. 1:
30-87 (25.6 percent)

Top ten wins:
53

Boosts a winning record against top tenners
Hewitt
Haas
Tsonga
Thiem
Anderson
Verdasco
Monfils
Robredo
Monaco
Simon
Gasquet
Almagro
Zverev
Melzer
Blake
Stepanek
Kiefer
Bjorkman
Ancic
Clement
Goffin
Johansson
Henman
Grosjean
Pouille
Schuttler
Isner
Lapentti
Bagdatis

Boosts a non-losing record against top-tenners
Ferrer
Youzhny
Cilic
Dimitrov
Canas
Massu
Gaudio

Highest ranking:
4
Consecutive years in top ten:
7
Consecutive years in top twenty:
12

Slam results:
17 4TH ROUNDS
10 QF
6 SF
1 FINAL

Facing legends of the sport in slams:

8 Slam Losses to FED and FED's placing:

4th rd (finalist)
4th rd (winner)
4th rd (semi)
4th rd (finalist)
3rd rd (winner)
SF (winner)
QF (winner)
QF ( semi)

4 Slam Losses to Nadal and Nadal's placing:
Final (winner)
QF (finalist)
QF ( finalist)
4th rd (finalist)

4 Slam Losses to Djokovic and Djokovic's placing:
QF (winner)
QF (winner)
QF (semi)
QF (winner)

3 Slam Losses to Murray and Murray's placing:
SF (winner)
SF ( winner)
SF ( finalist)

2 Slam Losses to Agassi and Agassi's placing
3rd rd (finalist)
2nd rd (semi)

2 Slam Losses to Wawrinka and Wawrinka's placing:
4th Rd (semi)
SF (winner)

2 Slam Losses to Cilic and Cilic's placing:
3rd Rd (QF)
QF (winner)

1 Slam Loss to Roddick and Roddick's placing
4th rd (finalist)

Other early losses to very good players:
Coria-1st rd loss
Nalbandian-2rd loss
Gonzalez-3rd rd loss to eventual QF
Haas-4th rd loss
Blake-4th rd loss
Davydenko-4th rd loss
Del Potro- 4th rd loss
Tsonga-4th rd loss to eventual semi-finalist

No. of slams played:
60
No. of slam losses to the eventual champion:
12 (20 percent)
No. of slam losses to the losing finalist:
9 (15 percent)
No. of slam losses to a losing semi-finalist:
7 (11.5 percent)

No. of slam losses to a slam-semi finalist or better:
28 (46.6 percent)

No of slam losses to slam champs of his era:
27 (45 percent)
 

The Green Mile

Bionic Poster
Berdych stats (hopefully mostly accurate).
2019Rotterdam
Netherlands
Indoor HardR32Tomas Berdych768 64
2017Lyon
France
Outdoor ClayQFTomas Berdych64 60
2016ATP Masters 1000 Paris
France
Indoor HardR16Tomas Berdych64 63
2015ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
China
Outdoor HardR16Tomas Berdych63 63
2015Wimbledon
Great Britain
Outdoor GrassR16Gilles Simon63 63 62
2015Rotterdam
Netherlands
Indoor HardSFTomas Berdych62 61
2014ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
China
Outdoor HardQFGilles Simon764 46 60
2013Bangkok
Thailand
Indoor HardSFTomas Berdych675 62 75
2012ATP Masters 1000 Paris
France
Indoor HardQFGilles Simon64 64
2009Valencia
Spain
Indoor HardR16Gilles Simon64 46 63
2009ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai
China
Outdoor HardR16Gilles Simon63 64
2009CZE vs. FRA WG 1st RD
Czech Republic
Indoor CarpetRRTomas Berdych763 46 762 63
2008Sydney
Australia
Outdoor HardR16Tomas Berdych763 62
2006ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo
Monaco
Outdoor ClayR32Gilles Simon762 675 64
2006Australian Open
Australia
Outdoor HardR64Gilles Simon63 62 46 62

The Birdman got the last laugh in the end. 8-7 overall, very enjoyable matches. Berdych/Simon AO 06 was my first match I saw of Gilles btw
 

Mainad

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?
Do you have a link for this?

It's not totally unexpected as he had dropped hints about doing this recently but it will be sad to see it confirmed. Berdych was a major fixture of the tour for the last decade and many of us felt he had the potential to go much further than he did. He mixed it with the very best and had victories over nearly every top player at some time or other including at the Slams but could never quite get over the finishing line at any of the big tournaments he played apart from 2005 Paris which he won at the very beginning of his career.

For a guy with his weapons and game he strangely underachieved winning just 13 titles: 1 Masters 1000, 3 at 500 level and 9 at 250 level. The highlights of his 14 year career were the aforementioned 2005 Paris Masters and reaching his lone Slam final at 2010 Wimbledon beating Federer and Djokovic back to back only to have the misfortune to then come up against Nadal. He never did get the luck.

He was a heavy presence on the tour and he will be missed.
 

Meles

Bionic Poster
I know Berdych hardly gets any love here but this is completely wrong. He reached a slam final, the semi of every other slam, beat the big three and Murray in slams and peak Federer at the olympics. Haas and Davydenko are not on this level and even less so Rios. I do not know why Rios is so unbelievably overrated here but apart from his sole slam final he never ever reached another semi and while Berdych beat the big three in slams, Rios’ biggest scalp were two wins against 98 Agassi outside of slams.
Berdych is awful; only 13 minor titles in his career.
 

Meles

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?



6-13 at Tour Finals in London; an appropriate graveyard - RIP Bendy
 

Lew II

G.O.A.T.
Players with the same height as Berdych or taller in the top10:

2010 - 0
2011 - 0
2012 - 1
2013 - 1
2014 - 2
2015 - 0
2016 - 2
2017 - 2
2018 - 5
2019 - 3
 

Purplemonster

Hall of Fame
Big and clean hitter with the mental strength of a WTA top player. The incident against Almagro at the AO sums him up perfectly.
 
Berdych was the ultimate nearly man, playing in the wrong era. Take away one of the big 4 and he wins at least one slam and a bit more.

Peak Nalbandian and Rios were probably better, but he did far more in slams than those guys. Other than Ferrer, he's the best player not to win a slam from the last 28 years.

I'd put him ahead of slam champs like Cilic, Johannsson, Costa, Gaudio, Korda, Gomez.

Very underrated and disrespected player IMO.
 
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