‘I Think I Nailed It’: Tomas Berdych on Him Being Different From Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Published 12/08/2021, 10:30 AM EST
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

In the men’s game, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are the gold standard against which every player is judged. The manner in which each of them has transformed their games over the years and their incredible longevity on the Tour is commendable. 

Recently, former tennis star Tomas Berdych was asked about his decision to retire at 34 in light of Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic’s continuing involvement. The Czech star decided to call it a day after the 2019 season. 

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However, he has no regrets about stepping away from the sport despite seeing Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic still go at it. He spoke on this subject and stated, “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. I’ve never had a doubt for a moment. I woke up that morning and thought: that’s it.” 

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are unique 

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Reflecting on the big three, each of them have 20 Grand Slam titles each to their names. At the moment, Federer is 40 years old, followed by Rafa, who is 35, and Djokovic, who is 34. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the net after Berdych won in their quarterfinal match during day nine of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coming to Berdych, the 36-year-old had a long and distinguished career with 982 singles matches and 13 career titles. Having beaten all of the big three during his career, he was unfortunate not to win a Grand Slam title. He won 13 titles during his career and made it to the semifinal of all four Grand Slam events. In 2010, he was the finalist at the Wimbledon Championships, where he lost to Rafael Nadal. 

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Now that the current season is over, we wish the big three all the best for the upcoming 2022 season. With all three on 20 Grand Slam titles each, it will be interesting to see how things unfold next year. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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