Former world No. 4 Tomas Berdych says he has zero regrets about leaving the game following the end of the 2019 season. Berdych, who captured 13 titles during his career, officially announced his retirement from tennis at the ATP Finals in 2019.
"I think I nailed it at the perfect spot. If you keep pushing over a certain period, especially at the end, it could change your view of your whole career," Berdych told Sportsmail. "I've never had a doubt for a moment.
I woke up that morning and thought: that's it." Berdych, who ended runner-up to Rafael Nadal in his lone Grand Slam final played at Wimbledon in 2010, said Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and the other great players from that generation were pushing him to become the best version of himself.
"I'm a very realistic person, I take things black and white. The main reason I actually think I was so successful was because of those guys because they bring the level so high that if you don't squeeze enough out of yourself, you have no chance to compete with them," Berdych explained.
"It goes hand in hand, maybe if I was playing these days and the level was not that high, who knows? This kind of hypothetical judgement is difficult to say. Probably yes."
Berdych at peace with his achievements
"I'm not ashamed of the matches where I probably should have done something different or achieved something more," Berdych noted.
"I look at it the other way. There are matches which stay in mind, like the second round at Wimbledon (in 2010) when I was two sets to one down against Denis Istomin. "I had some stomach problems and spent about 20 minutes in the toilet!
It was terrible, but I didn't want to let the moment go. I came back, won in a fifth set and then reached the final, beating Federer and Djokovic. "I had a pretty successful career. I am absolutely at peace with myself."