After months of speculative interest being generated on the subject of Tomas Berdych’s next coach, there’s now a definite answer that’s come forth by the Czech. The world no. 7 announced on Twitter that he would be working with Goran Ivanisevic, with the latter having ended his coaching association with Marin Cilic, a few weeks ago.
Berdych has been without a coach since he ended his partnership with Dani Vallverdu earlier this year, whom he’d engaged before the start of the 2015 season.
Under the Argentine, Berdych’s results widely fluctuated and barring a quarter-final win against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open in 2015, there wasn’t much to speak of. This was specifically noteworthy against familiar rivals like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer, against whom he continually kept losing.
The result that proved to be emphatically crucial for Berdych was however his defeat to David Goffin at the Rome Open this year, where he lost 0-6, 0-6 in the third round. Berdych went on to immediately end the coaching partnership and since then has been working without a full-time coach.
Ivanisevic’s professional repertoire as a coach has been quite short, but is no less impressive. Under his mentoring, Marin Cilic won the US Open in 2014 and finished the season inside the top-10. Cilic’s loss to Federer in the quarter-final at Wimbledon, where he led by two-sets, seemed to have brought about the end of their association.
This does seem to be an unexpected and intriguing development for the Czech, who despite his talent has never been able to deliver. With one last Major remaining in the season, along with several key tournaments, the Berdych-Ivanisevic team-up remains one to watch out for.