Tomas Berdych said goodbay to tennis in a ceremony in London. Another important piece of this tennis Era then greeted fans and adversaries, conditioned in the last two years by insurmountable back problems. In 2019, first three tournaments apart, his season has never started, practically.
Final in Doha, where he lost against Roberto Bautista, fourth round at the Australian Opne, where he was defeated by Rafael Nadal and semifinal at Montpelleir, defeated against Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Then the too many problems that led the Czech to end his career.
Berdych was a talented tennis player. Talent too often suffocated by his nature. For ten years he was a magnificent loser, able to reach the Wimbledon final in 2010, the semi-finals at the Australian Open in 2014 and in 2015, semifinal at the Roland Garros 2010, semifinal at the US Open 2012 and semifinal at the ATP finals 2011.
In total in his career he won 13 titles in 32 finals played. His most important title remains the Rolex Paris Masters won in 2005, at the dawn of his career. Too often injuries and mismanagement of pressure limited his performances.
Too often his tactic, never fully developed, made him lose the match he could easily win. In the end, however, Berdych was able to reach many excellent placings, giving credit to his ranking and living for years in the top-10 of the ATP Ranking, deservedly.
The Czech didn't have the strength to win an important title. Martina Navratilova said an emblematic phrase, some time ago: "I would be very surprised if Berdych never won a Grand Slam title". To be honest I have always said the opposite: I would have been very surprised if Berdych won a Grand Slam title.
And he could have won a Slam. His innate talent would have required deeper physical, tactical and mental work. With his shots, on fast surfaces he could have achieved much more than he got. That said, and as he himself said, Berdych must still be proud of his career, of the results and goals he achieved.
Among the giants of his tennis Era he carved out his space and his name will always remain dear to his fans and tennis lovers. Regardless of the results.