Former no.4 Tomas Berdych went traveling in Romania before his 34th birthday and took the path of Transfăgărășan, one of the most famous mountain passes in the world, where he enjoyed the beautiful landscapes of the Carpathian country.
The Czech shared his adventure by posting pictures on his Instagram account. In one post, Tomas described Transfăgărășan - the second-highest paved mountain road from Romania -, as “the best road in the world”.
With this comment, Berdych gave credit to motoring-specialized journalist Jeremy Clarkson, who made Transfăgărășan famous in the whole world after he used the same phrase - "the best road in the world" -, to describe it in a British Top Gear episode shot in 2009.
The Transfăgărășan is renowned for its multitude of dangerous curves and sharp descents. That's why the average speed on it is about 40 km/h (25 mph). During his trip to Romania, Berdych enjoyed many beautiful moments.
For example, he met a bear and went close enough to take some photos, even if it is considered quite a dangerous thing to do. And the bear was not the only animal he interacted with. While he was driving along the Transfăgărășan, a bunch of donkeys appeared in a curve.
They were occupying the whole pavement, so Tomas stopped by and petted a few of them. 2019 was a dry year in terms of tennis achievements for Tomas, but he may have used this time to enjoy more moments like this. He surely loved to be in Romania before his birthday.