Monte Carlo, Monaco
A big hitter, 6’5” Tomas Berdych won his first title in Palermo in 2004. Just a year later he made a name for himself when he beat Ivan Ljubicic in the Paris final for his first career Masters title. A model of consistency and a fixture in the Top 10 for years, he’s had trouble breaking through at the Slams. The Czech reached the semifinals of the French Open in 2010, the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2012 and the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015. In 2010 he made his first Grand Slam final, at Wimbledon. He was no match for Rafael Nadal at the All England Club, losing 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. He helped the Czech Republic win back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013. In the longest ATP doubles match to date, on February 2, 2013, he and Lukas Rosol defeated Marco Chiudinelli and Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7, 24-22. The match lasted just over seven hours.
Berdych beat Novak Djokovic in the 2010 Wimbledon semifinals to reach his first Grand Slam final: